Posted by: livingscripture | October 15, 2010

Feast of St. Teresa of Avila

From the Word of the Day

At that time, so many people were crowding together that they were trampling one another underfoot.  Jesus began to speak, first to his disciples, “Beware of the leaven – that is the hypocrisy – of the Pharisees.”

                                  Luke 12: 1                  

How should we live this Word

Jesus fascinates the crowds.  The people were ready to face very uncomfortable conditions for one reason.  What was it?  They wanted to listen to His words that brought light to the heart, strength and direction in life. 

Today His word is a strong warning to be on guard against hypocrisy, an insidious disease like a cancer of the blood.  Hypocrisy is born from within us and has two motives.  One is to appear better than we are, more just, generous, holy.  Pride and vanity are it roots.  Substantially, the other motive is fear.  We do everything to protect ourselves from what may cause suffering, opposition, criticism.  We exteriorly conform ourselves to what is expected of us, varnishing our life with good appearances.  This is the facile temptation of hypocrisy.  It menaces us, polluting the roots of our being and our doing.                                                             

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will invoke the light of the Spirit of Truth that His fire may burn all hypocrisy in me, that it may wash all masks of false goodness from my face and give me a simple and pure heart. 

 Spirit of truth, illumine my eyes.  Spirit of fire, burn away my fears.  Grant me a heart that is simple and humble. 

The voice of St. Teresa of Avila, Mystic Doctor of the Church 

Let nothing disturb you.

Let nothing frighten you.

Everything passes; God alone is changeless.

Patience obtains all things.

Who has God, has everything.

God alone suffices.


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