Ps 32:1b-2, 5, 11
I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.
28TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalter: Week 4 / (Green/White)
St. Hedwig, religious / St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin
1st Reading: Rom 4:1-8
Let us consider Abraham, our father in the flesh. What has he found? If Abraham attained righteousness because of his deeds, he could be proud. But he cannot be this before God. Because Scripture says: Abraham believed God who took it into account and held him to be a just man.
Now, when someone does a work, salary is not given as a favor, but as a debt that is paid. Here, on the contrary, someone who has no deeds to show but believes in Him who makes sinners righteous before him: such faith is taken into account and that person is held as righteous. David congratulates in this way those who become righteous by the favor of God, and not by their actions: Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven and whose offenses are forgotten; blessed the one whose sin God does not take into account!
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?”
First, let’s observe the success of the preaching of Jesus: the crowd is so numerous that they crushed one another.
Sometimes Jesus uses the metaphor of ‘yeast’ to explain the nature of the Kingdom. Here he uses it as a warning against Pharisees. Their hypocrisy is like the yeast with which they corrupt the people. But Jesus proclaims the universal revelation of all secret thoughts and actions. This is a solemn admonishment against hypocrisy and a caution for us. Nothing is secret before God. Let us love transparency and entrust our past errors to the mercy of God.
Our fear is not to the possible killers or persecutors, but to those, who through temptations to sin, can throw our soul into hell for ever. But Jesus stresses that the Providence of the Father does not forget us; more than sparrows He is attentive to our persons even in the smallest aspects like our hair. By his teachings, Jesus shapes the hearts of disciples. We remember the revelations to St Margaret Mary Alacoque, the saint of today.
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