Readings; 1 THES 2:1-8, Matthew 23:23-26
Cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean. (MT 23:26)
Jesus teaches lessons in ways relatable to us. Here, he uses a simple cup to make his point. Jesus admonishes the scribes and Pharisees to “cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean.” What must precede the cleaning of the inside of a cup?
It must first be empty. Unless we empty ourselves of all that fills us, we cannot be clean and sacred.
There are so many things that fill our minds. They could be our unclean thoughts, worldly desires, prejudices, jealousy, guilt, pride, and above all self righteousness. This uncleanness needs to be washed away with the blood of Christ that sanctifies us.
As Christians, as human beings, we must empty ourselves. Only when we do this can we orient ourselves to the service and care of others. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. (MT 20:28) it is not merely cleansing alone that keeps us sacred, but daily sanctification of the same. We must sanctify ourselves daily with the word of god and the sacraments.
Let us all pray today that we may empty ourselves in such a way that we may be filled with the Spirit of God.