If we think all Jesus did was to tell little stories about mustard seeds, or wayward children or birds or lost sheep—think again.
“Woe is me” is not a melodramatic cry of feeling sorry for one’s self. Jesus tells us in no uncertain terms that our behaviors of seeking ostentatious attention, of prideful tithing, of purposely burdening others will indeed give us a good reason to cry out “Woe is me.”
And to make the point even more dramatic, we become the unseen—or unwhitewashed— graves, unknowingly walked upon! We thus spread only contamination.
This is not an insult. It is a warning for us to climb down out of our imagined thrones and humble ourselves before those who are in need. To borrow a line from Shakespeare, Antony speaks at Caesar’s funeral: “The evil that men do lives after them.” Even unknowingly walking upon evil, will leave its mark. Woe to me if I am not alert.
Remorse leads us to repentance—not an alleviation of wrongdoing but of true joy in God’s love.
Let Us Pray:
A clean heart create for me, God;
Renew within me a steadfast spirit.
Do not drive me from your face.
Nor take from me your holy spirit.
Restore to me the gladness of your salvation;
Psalm 51, 12-14
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)