In the Presence of the Lord

Luke 12: 1-7
Rom 4: 1-8 / Psa 32

“There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed.”
(Lk.12:2.)

All things in darkness come to light;
No lie can ever be concealed.
What secrets can hide from God’s sight?
In time the truth will be revealed.

So many people were crowding together that they were trampling one another underfoot. Jesus began to speak, first to his disciples, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, that is, their hypocrisy. 2Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. 3Therefore 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. 4 I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more. 5But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority* to cast into hell.* Yes, I tell you, fear him! 6Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. 7But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Luke 12: 1-7)

Reflection

The hypocrisy of the Pharisees was what made them contemptible to God, because they thought they could fool God with their duplicity. Their “leaven” was what made them bloat with pride. To the Jews they might have appeared pious and spiritual, but Jesus exposed them for what they really were — just full of air, because of their overpowering sense of self-importance. God was completely absent in their lives.

There is nothing unknown to God, whether it’s the number of our hairs or the countless stars. There is no secret hidden from the eyes of God. And He cares for all of His creation — even the worthless sparrows. How much more for us, whom He made in His image and likeness? Only one thing He requires of us to be worthy of His love – to be sincere in our faith, and to have a healthy fear of offending Him in any way. Psalm 34:4,9 and 11 says: “O fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no want! … Come, O sons, listen to me, I will teach you the fear of the Lord.” As King Solomon wrote in one of his psalms, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” It is this fear that will keep us away from committing sins.

During the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in our brotherhood’s Christian Life Programs, many of our participants break down in tears. This is the cathartic effect of finally coming face to face with our sins, and being led out of the darkness into the light of God’s loving presence and forgiveness. Shedding tears is a natural outpouring of repentance, the result of being released from the bondage of abnormal behavior, and restored into our rightful place in the arms of our Savior. Before our renewal, many of us never truly acknowledged the reality of God in our lives, much less appreciated how much He has done for our well-being and salvation. Once renewed, we now live constantly in His presence – in meditation, in reading holy Scriptures, and in receiving the sacraments, especially regular mass and communion.

Blessed is he whose sins are forgiven, whose faults are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD “–and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him. Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart! (Psa.32: 1-2,5,10-11) Amen.

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