We like to analyze ourselves and rationalize all sorts of wrong behavior – even evil.
The scribes and the Pharisees were intelligent and were educated in the law of God, but they rationalized and drew the condemnation of our Lord Himself in today’s Gospel (Matthew 23:23-28) and elsewhere.
Today’s Responsorial Psalm (139:1-3, 4-6) reminds us.
O LORD, you have probed me and you know me;
you know when I sit and when I stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
with all my ways you are familiar.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know the whole of it.
Behind me and before, you hem me in
and rest your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
too lofty for me to attain.
May we let ourselves be challenged and comforted by God’s knowledge of all things and God’s knowledge of us.