Proclaim from the Housetops

Luke 12: 1-7
Eph 1: 11-14/ Psa 33

“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.
Who can hide secrets from God’s sight?
In time the truth will be revealed.

Meanwhile, so many people were crowding together that they were trampling one another underfoot. Jesus began to speak, first of all to His disciples. “Beware of the yeast—that is, the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. Therefore, whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops. I tell you my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. I shall show you whom to fear: fear Him who, after He has killed, has the power to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, He is the one to fear. Can you not buy five sparrows for two pennies? And yet not one is forgotten in God’s sight. Why, every hair on your head has been counted. There is no need to be afraid: you are worth more 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 “yeast” was what made them bloat with pride. To their fellow Jews they might have appeared great in piety and spirituality, but Jesus exposed them for what they really were — just full of air.

There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. Jesus knew their plots against Him, and these words were directed at them to let them know that He was aware of their evil schemes. At the same time, Jesus was also saying that 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 that means being truthful in all our ways. Instead of the hypocrisy of the Pharisees which hides the truth, we must speak out for the truth — “Be honest even if others are not!” — and proclaim the Gospel “from the housetops.”

Our Lord condemned the scholars of the law, the lawyers, who “withhold the key of knowledge” (Lk.11:5) to keep the masses uninformed and ignorant. St. Paul, on the other hand, stands as the model for us to follow. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: for Jew first, and then Greek. For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith, as it is written, ‘The one who is righteous by faith will live’” (Rom.1:16-17). What we have learned — the wisdom that comes from the Holy Spirit — behooves us to share with others. Otherwise, we have reason to fear Him “Who has the power to cast into hell.”

Lord, You are the God of justice and truth; in Your sight, hypocrisy and lies writhe and die like worms under the glaring sun. We praise and thank You for keeping us in the shelter of Your Word, the light of our life on earth, and the Promise of everlasting life. Keep us always faithful to the Gospel of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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