Friday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
October 16, 2020
Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta
Memorial Feast: Saint Hedwig (1174-+1243) Patron Saint of Berlin, Brandenburg and Krakow
Memorial Feast: Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-+1690) Visitation Nun and Mystic who promoted the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Readings: Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians 1:11-14; Psalm 33; Luke 12:1-7
St. Luke by Paolo Veronese, c. 1555
I love today's Gospel! In fact, I love all of the Gospel readings from Saint Luke this past week. I love them because they are the “Hypocrisy Sermons.” It seems that hypocrisy has become a pet peeve of mine. Often when I hear a news item about liars and cheaters I’m appalled at the evil and—well, the hypocrisy in our world. Not long ago, I read about a congressman who authored several bills to impose stricter penalties for pedophiles and child predators, he, as it turns out, is suspected being a child predator himself. Hypocrisy! How do people live with themselves? How do people get away with it?
But of course, they don’t get away with it. Even if they do get away with it here on earth, either by not getting caught or not getting penalized in a court of law, there is still the next world. They need to know, "There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.” Now and then, people had their dirty little secrets. Too often they are more concerned with appearances than with what is right or just. But as Jesus says, we should be less concerned with our earthly situation (or with those who can only kill the body) and more concerned with our after-earthly situation, or with the one who has the power to cast them into Gehenna.
In a perfect world, we would all be safe from child molesters, murderers, thieves, liars and cheats. We are told that God is looking down on us, and He has counted all the hairs on our heads. God keeps His eye on the sparrow, and we are certainly worth more than a sparrow. But still there is crime, deception—and hypocrisy. Why isn’t God watching? Why doesn't He do something? Perfection is not for this world. The God who knows each hair on my head also knows exactly what criminals and hypocrites are doing. Whatever happens here does not escape the eye of God. Eventually everyone will receive a just reward.
Question of the Day: How will you maintain moral standards in your life, in order to be an example for others to follow?
Prayer: Friends, please read Matthew 6:5-8.