But Jesus told them: You are always making yourselves look good, but God sees what is in your heart.
(Luke 16:15 CEV)
During a conversation with a friend once, she mentioned how difficult it is to tell what a person is really like because they’re always wearing a mask. I agreed with her, but concluded that the mask has to eventually come off. This was the case with the religious leaders of Jesus’ day. They put on a mask of piety for a long time until Jesus came along, that is. In the twenty-third chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus took their masks off in front of everyone to see, and nowhere in that chapter do we see them defending themselves because Jesus, the Son of God, could see beyond the mask that they wore to fool people. What mask(s) are we wearing? We may fool people, but not God, who “sees what is in [our] heart” (Luke 16:15). So let’s take our masks off before God takes them off for us.
All masks must eventually come off.