(Mt 23:1-36, Mk 12:38-40, Lk 11:37-52, 20:45-47)

In some very colorful language, Jesus teaches that spiritual stagnation, which basically is a reversion to idolatry, leads to spiritual death, the death of the soul.

False judges, operating in the name of goodness and legality, seek to lead people into idolatry and to wield power over them, and they attempt to guard this power even to the point of committing homicide against those whom they perceive as threatening it.

Even in this social context, the poets and the prophets before Him, Christ brings light to the soul which renews its spiritual progress, opening the gates of the kingdom of heaven.