As [Jesus] was teaching, he said, “Watch out for the legal experts. They like to walk around in long robes. They want to be greeted with honor in the markets. They long for places of honor in the synagogues and at banquets. They are the ones who cheat widows out of their homes, and to show off they say long prayers. They will be judged most harshly.”
Mark 12:38-40, Common English Bible (c) 2011
Beware of those who act one way in public and another way behind closed doors. It is not just that they are harmless show-offs. It is that they will take advantage of others – especially those who are unable to defend themselves and who have no avenue of recourse. Beware, too, of trying to look like a proper, law-abiding, God-fearing citizen in public, while privately fixing things for oneself at the expense of another.
-Teressa Clark, 2012, 2019
Lenten Reflections 2019: Following Jesus from the Mount of Olives to the Tomb ~ Day 13