Gospel: Lk 12:1-7
Meanwhile, such a numerous crowd had gathered that they crushed one another. Then Jesus spoke to his disciples in this way, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered that will not be uncovered; or hidden, that will not be made known. Whatever you have said in darkness will be heard in daylight, and what you have whispered in hidden places, will be proclaimed from housetops. “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who put to death the body and, after that, can do no more. But I will tell you whom to fear: Fear the one who, after killing you, is able to throw you into hell. This one you must fear. Don’t you buy five sparrows for two pennies? Yet not one of them has been forgotten by God. Even the hairs of your head have been numbered. Don’t be afraid! Are you less worthy in the eyes of God than many sparrows?“
Jesus begins by speaking first to his own disciples. “Be on guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.“ On the outside they pretended to be what they were not on the inside. “There is nothing hidden that will not be made known.“ It can mean that their hypocrisy will ultimately be laid bare. In contrast to the hypocrisy of the Pharisees the followers of Jesus must practice transparency and accountability. And, although much of the teaching that the disciples receive is in private, ultimately all will have to come out into the open. The Church that is faithful to Jesus has to proclaim Reign of God and be a true witness to what she says and does. “What you have whispered in locked rooms will be proclaimed from the rooftops. “This, of course, will involve dangers. The Gospel will be resisted. It will be seen as a dangerous threat to those who wield power through deceit and manipulation. Christians will die and, in fact, thousands have sacrificed their lives simply because they have disobeyed the orders and the values of the powers that be. They refused to condone the abuses committed against the poor, the defenseless, and the marginalized. Their faith impelled them to act with justice and mercy.
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