Today is Holy Tuesday of Passion Week. This is the day Jesus and his disciples returned to Jerusalem from Bethany. On the way, they passed by the withered fig tree that Jesus had cursed the day before. Upon returning to the Temple they found the religious leaders up in arms that Jesus had declared himself a spiritual authority. The leaders organized an ambush and tried to have Jesus arrested, but He was able to evade them and pronounced:
"Blind guides!...For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people's bones and all sorts of impurity. Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness...Snakes! Sons of vipers! How will you escape the judgment of hell?" Matthew 23:24-33
Later in the day Jesus went to the Mount of Olives which sits due east of the Temple and overlooks Jerusalem. Here He spoke of the destruction of Jerusalem and the end times. Tuesday was also the day Judas Iscariot conspired with the Sanhedrin to betray Jesus. Here is a great web site for further reading on Passion Week.
This is as close to a whitewashed tomb as I could find; it's probably marble. Feeling hemmed in by the "Shelter in Place" orders, I took a drive today to St. Gabriel cemetery where my mom, sister, grandparents, aunt, and many other relatives are buried. So far, they are not really enforcing the "orders" just strongly urging them as guidelines. The cloudy, gloomy day made for a more dramatic image.
24mm | f/5 | ISO 400 | 1/3200 sec