Posted by: livingscripture | October 19, 2018

28th Friday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Friday October 19, 2018

Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

 WORD of the DAY 

 Beware of the leaven—that is, the hypocrisy—of the Pharisees.

 “There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.  (Luke 12: 2)

 

How shall I live this Word?

Jesus defines hypocrisy as the yeast of the Pharisees. The yeast is that pinch of substance added to the dough to make it grow in volume.  Hypocrisy, even in small doses, emphasizes the situations in which it is used and creates environments that are impossible for life and the development of healthy relationships. It destroys trust, darkens the virtues, leaving them to be mistaken for their opposite, giving the language enough ambiguity to destroy real communication. It undermines relationships and does not allow us to know each other or even to know ourselves. It is impossible to build a community with hypocrites. Moreover, hypocrisy can be the distinctive trait of a person for a long time but hidden hypocritical things will not be hidden forever. Hypocrisy does not tell what is false, but rather it hides the truth and by not telling it, tries to deny it. But Jesus, who is also the truth, and the Spirit, wh0 is also truth present everywhere, will reveal sooner or later what we want to hide.

Lord, we suffer a lot from living in a hypocritical way. Help us not to be hypocrites. Help us to give value, sense, and meaning to the things we say and how we say them.

 The Voice of Maurizio Gronchi, Pastor

 Among the many colorations of hypocrisy, the most marked identifies with insincerity and reticence, with that attitude of studied caution in speaking, which some appreciate by regarding it as prudence, wisdom, diplomacy.  If it did not have a positive though ambiguous social confirmation, hypocrisy would be openly branded as a vice, but instead it is credited as a virtue for its ability, for its simulation. Anyone who can suspend a discourse before a word or a particularly strong expression, who avoids the trap set by a direct question that provokes a clear stance, usually receives approval, together with a suspicious evaluation of cunning. Precisely because of the ambiguity from which it comes and to which it tends  arousing complicity, hypocrisy is easy to define and difficult to recognize.

 

 

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