Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees. Jesus does not give “woes” to the sick or the common people who were following him. Woes were given to the scribes and Pharisees.
In the reading today, Jesus tells them they are like whitewashed tombs. Who wants to be called a tomb? Tombs equal dead people. They looked good on the outside but inside they were filled with hypocrisy and evil doings. They are like when you empty the dishwasher and the dishes look clean. You put them away and later get a glass from the cupboard, turn it over and the inside is coated with nasty dried on food particles. You would gag if you drank something from that glass. That is a modern picture of the Pharisees.
Jesus continues the tomb theme in his woes to the Pharisees as they piously say that if they had been living during the times of the prophets they would have stood up and defended the prophets and not shed their innocent blood. Jesus said, “you are the children of those who shed innocent blood.” They were planning to shed the innocent blood of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Somethings you cannot change like our height or eye color, but we can stop the cycle of hate and anger that feeds out souls. Does God look at us and say “Woe” to us for the evil lives in our hearts? We can change with God’s help.
We can change.