The good news that God triumphs over evil, even over the sin that lives inside us, is a message for people of any and every nation.
God sees and responds to the injustices in our world.
A fruit tree that doesn’t bear fruit, like the one that belonged to my in-laws, is worthless. Its lack of fruit indicates that something is wrong with the entire tree. Similarly, Jesus uses the harsh words in today’s lectionary passage to reveal that the Pharisee’s heart-orientation is wrong at the core.