Scripture: 1st Reading: Rom4,1-8; Resp. Psalm: Ps32,1-2,5,11; Gosp. Accl.: Ps33,22; Gospel: Lk12,1-7
The word today cautions us to guard against hypocrisy, false lives and make believe. A hypocritical life is an unexamined life. It is living a lie. A hypocrite would want people to believe something about him but in reality do something different. A hypocrite would live a different public from a private life. A hypocrite would tell others to do as he preaches but not as he does.
A hypocrite would live a secret life, thinking that no one would ever find him out. Our Lord bore down hard on the Pharisees today for living lives of deception. He accused them of keeping secretive lives, of having hidden lives. These leaders of the people forgot that whatever has been said in the dark shall be heard in the light and whatever has been whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed upon housetops.
He thus warned His disciples against such hypocritical lives. He also today told us that the believer must never be afraid of those who kill the body. Rather, the believer should fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell. This is because whatever happens to the believer is known to God who will take care of His children in ways far beyond their imagination.
This is why there is nothing anyone of us should do and ascribe to himself as if he owns his own life. If we do this, would be ascribing the glory that belongs to God to ourselves. Our first reading today teaches us to imitate Abraham whose faith was reckoned to him as righteousness. The righteousness of God came to Abraham as a free gift, not on account of anything Abraham did.
We are therefore invited and challenged by the word to integrate our deeds with our words, our public with our private lives. We are challenged to do good all the time. We are encouraged to allow the word of God be the guide and rule of our lives. May the Lord continue to direct our paths and lead us to coherence and perfect unity between our words and actions, our private and public lives.
Let us pray: O God, our merciful and kind Father, we thank you for the challenge your word gives today us today. We praise you for its call on us to live coherent lives. Assist us with your grace to practise what we preach and live as your true children. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.