Friday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
ROM 4:1-8, LK 12:1-7
Everybody has secrets. Some may be very innocent and harmless. Others could be devastating if they are found out and become known to a lot of people. Many people who are in the public arena have been undone when their private behaviors are in contradiction with their public image or statements. Hidden behaviors, such as domestic abuse, can continue to exist as long as they are quietly tucked away in the dark.
In today’s Gospel, as thousands of people (probably an exaggeration) are crowded around, Jesus tells his disciples, “Be on guard against the yeast of the Pharisees - I mean their hypocrisy.” Then he goes on: “Whatever is covered up will be uncovered, and every secret made known. So then whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in broad daylight.” Jesus is exposing the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, but he is also warning us to not imitate them. He is saying that, in the end, you won’t get away with it. Hypocrisy is a lie. Jesus’ position is: “The truth will set you free.” We are to live life in the open, in the light of day.
Living in the open can sometimes be fearful. We allow ourselves to be exposed. We are like an “open book.” Some may want to take advantage of us. This is very common today especially when we put ourselves out too much on social media. Innocent people are often harmed. Much discretion is needed. But on a positive side, Jesus tells us that we are worth much more than five sparrows that sell for pennies, and all the hairs of our head are counted by God who is watching over us. We are not to live in fear.
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