Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (14th October, 2016) on the Gospel
(Saint Callistus I, Pp.M., Opt Mem)
Eph 1:11-14;Ps 32:1-2.4-5.12-13. (R. v.12);
Topic: Not really.
It is common to see people refer to themselves or being referred to as smart people because they know how to cover their tracks. People eulogize them because they evade punishments due to their offences.
However, Jesus warned His disciples in today’s gospel,
Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, that is, their hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops.
Nothing therefore is really a secret. Although we can be deceived, (cf. Jer 37:9; 1Cor 3:18; Eph 5:6; 2Thess 2:3) and also can deceive ourselves, (cf. 1Jn 1:8), a thing can at best remain secret before humans just for a little time. But nothing can be a secret before God even at its conception, cf. Ps. 139:2b. He cannot be deceived, cf. Job 13:9.
The letter to the Hebrews reads, “...before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of one with whom we must render account” (Heb 4:13). Psalm 139 throws more light on how naked we are before God; nothing can hide us and we can hide nothing from God.
God will judge and reward all according to their deeds, cf. Matt 16:27; 1Pt 1:17; Rev 22:12. The only way out is to live as one ought to because no one can cover his/her track before Him.
Bible Reading: Ps 139:1-24.
Thought for today: We are naked before God.
Let us pray: Lord, give us the grace to be always aware of our helplessness before you, and the strength to live as we should – Amen.
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