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How not to be a Hypocrite

This  Sunday's Gospel story  about two sons saying one thing but doing another invites us to consider the ways our actions speak louder than our words - the ways we say "yes" to God at one level but then behave differently throughout the week in our daily life. So today I'd like you to think about  hypocrisy . But not in the way you're probably used to thinking about it. "Hypocrisy" is usually thought of as simply "saying one thing and doing another." But it's about more than that.  The word "hypocrisy" comes from the Greek word for "play-acting" - wearing a mask, acting as if you are someone you are not. I'd like you to consider that hypocrisy is not being your true self. And what is your "true self"? On Sundays - and, I hope in  your daily prayer and Bible reading  - you are reminded of it: you were  lovingly created  by God; you are  put on the face of the earth for God's purposes:  to