Romans 4:1-8, Ps. 32 Lk. 12:1-7
Hypocrisy is dangerous because it hides the truth from people seeking it. Let’s be mindful of how we live on this earth because believe it or not, whatever we do will influence others positively or negative. In today’s gospel Jesus warns his disciples of the ‘yeast’ of the Pharisees, the opposite of the living bread with which he feeds the people. He warns of the spiritual death which is even more destructive than physical death.
Today the Church celebrates the memorial of St Teresa of Avila, a Spanish Carmelite reformer and mystic whose life of prayer enriched the Church. Together with St. John of the Cross, she undertook the reform of the Carmelites. Like Abraham in the first reading she was a woman of faith. She expressed great faith in God. As a little girl she felt captivated by the thought of eternity and the vision of God. Thought of eternity can help us to be authentic christians and preserve our union with Christ.
LET US PRAY
O God, who through your Spirit raised up Saint Teresa of Jesus to show the Church the way to seek perfection, grant that we may always be nourished by the food of her heavenly teaching and fired with longing for true holiness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.