Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 12:1-7 – TWENTY-EIGHTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Friday, 19 October 2018
Jesus cautions His disciples to be wary of the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. Such synthetic religiosity cannot be hidden forever. Like yeast, it will show itself sooner or later. Such theatrical religion cannot save, transform or give meaning to suffering. Our relationship to God is the most serious relation of our life and not a game. This is the sense in which we are told to fear the Lord. We know that God’s will shall be accomplished in one way or another. He is not deceived by those who go through the motions and language of religion. We can fool a pastor, bishop or Pope; we cannot deceive the Lord.
Our interpretations of this Gospel passage will vary. That God sees into our hearts can be a source of magnificent comfort with the realization that despite our imperfection, He sees our true motives. It can also be a source of great terror if the public honors us as incarnating a holy ideal and all the while we know that God sees right through our image to the real state of affairs within our heart.
This is God judgment: We will live with our real self for eternity!
Jakarta, 19 October 2018
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