Read Romans 4:1-8, Ps. 32:1-2,5,11, Luke 12:1-7

“Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.” (Luke 12:2)

The story is often told of a certain holy woman tempted to commit adultery by a sinful man. The holy woman agreed to do what he wanted, but she said: “Follow me, I will take you to a place where we can do it.” The man, filled with excitement, followed her eagerly. They walked from street to street until they got to a busy market. Right in the middle of the market, the woman said, “Now I am ready; let us do it here!” The man turned and ran away.

Why is it easy to exercise restraint when others are watching, yet when we are alone (or think no one is watching), we throw caution to the wind? This was the problem of scribes and Pharisees. Jesus told them: “Nothing is hidden that would not be uncovered… even the hairs of your head are all numbered.” Are there things I do in secret that I am ashamed of?

Jesus wants us to know that even if you cannot see anyone looking at you, your deeds are seen by God, and they cannot be hidden forever. One comedian once said: “Live your life in a way that no one has to lie about your goodness after your death.” Avoid pretence. If you are too ashamed to do it or say it publicly, then don’t try it secretly. Do not keep skeletons in your cupboard. Do not be a hypocrite.

Jesus was not afraid to tell the scribes and Pharisees the truth. Jesus knew they would hate him for this, but He was ready to die. Hence, Jesus said: “Do not fear those who kill the body… fear God who alone can kill the body and also destroy the soul.” Do not be afraid of people. Do what is right, speak the truth, and avoid sin. God will protect you. Remember, “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.” (Sirach 1:14 & 20).

St. Paul tells us today that we are justified by faith, just as Abraham was considered a righteous man long before God gave us the Ten Commandments. Although we are justified by faith, God expects us to keep his commandments in appreciation of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for us.

Let us pray: Almighty, ever-living God, free me falsehood and hypocrisy. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Friday of week 28 in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: Romans 4:1-8, Ps. 32:1-2,5,11, Luke 12:1-7).

@Rev. Fr. Evaristus E. Abu