WOE or WOW!

 1. woe o rwow

"WOE TO YOU WHO BUILD THE MEMORIALS OF THE PROPHETS WHOM YOUR FATHERS KILLED." (Lk.11:47-54)
St. Ignatius of Antioch

Filter is what people do nowadays, especially in social media.

In order to please others and to showcase themselves to the very best, they edit their pictures and faces.

The Pharisees and the scholars of the law lived a filtered life. They wore the mask of hypocrisy just to please others. But instead, they received the "woe" of Jesus.

"WOE!"

It is used to express grief, regret, or distress (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

Jesus saw their hypocrisy through legalism rather than to live in justice and in love.

Hypocrisy is feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not. It is a behavior that contradicts what one claims to believe or to feel (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

Paul wrote to the Romans and reminded them that a person is justified by faith aside from works of the law.

God's justice and judgment is always based on our being and not of our doing especially in our wrong doing.

Thus, there is a need to unmask ourselves of whatever that is not in us, like sin. They say, "we have to stop dancing with the devil." In us, there is goodness. A real person is someone who lives without pretension. Only then, we receive not the "woe," but the "WOW" from Jesus.

St. Ignatius died a martyr for living in the faith which he did not denounce.

When Emperor Trajan commanded the killing of those who professed their faith in Christ, by feeding them in the lion's den, Ignatius stood firm in what he believed. Ignatius faced the roar of the fierce lions, but he received the "wow" of God's face being a saint.

A "wow" life is peeling off the mask of hypocrisy and putting on the face of Jesus in a life of honesty.

What pleases God is for us to live life with no filter but just pure faith. God prefers the original in us, that inner and inherent goodness.

"No filter."