Scripture contains many references to the issue of "cleanliness." Interestingly, the expression, "Cleanliness is next to godliness" is NOT to be found in Scripture. The issue of being "clean" in Scripture carries varied meanings. Certainly bodily cleanliness is at issue at times. But there are other meanings.
In Acts Chapter 10, Peter is confronted with the issue (in a dream) of the cleanliness and uncleanliness of food. The Lord sends to Peter a message in a dream by showing him a "great sheet, bound at the four corners," and it was filled with animals which the Jews would declare to be ritually unclean. Peter was told to eat, and he refused. In response, he heard a voice saying, "What God has cleansed you must not call common." (Acts 10:9-16)
In today's Gospel reading (Luke 11:34-41) we find the following:
Hear what our Lord is explaining to the "teachers" of Israel - as well as to us! It is not that bodily cleanliness is unimportant. It is rather that "cleanliness" has a higher (a spiritual) meaning! In the Gospel of St. Matthew (15:11), Jesus says, "Hear and understand. Not
ἐλεημοσύνη, which means beneficence, being a benefactor to another. Our personal "spiritual hygene" is effected by our benevolence to others! He has blessed us to "make clean" that which we've soiled by our sinfulness if only we are faithful to care for others to the extent that He has given us resources and abilities to do so.
"Coming clean" is not so much a matter of soap and water as it is a matter of serving the least of His brethren!