Friday 19 October 2018
Sts John De Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues and Companions.
Ephesians 1:11-14. Psalm 32(33):1-2, 4-5, 12-13. Luke 12:1-7.
Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own – Psalm 32(33):1-2, 4-5, 12-13.
‘Fear not. You are of more value than many sparrows!’
In today’s gospel Jesus warns against the ‘yeast of the Pharisees’, that is, their hypocrisy. Jesus does not instruct his listeners not to listen to the Pharisees but to simply be on their guard. A key to discernment is to sift, with the help of the Holy Spirit, the different movements in our lives, those that lead to freedom, life and relationships, or those that turn us in on ourselves away from others. While we cannot avoid encountering bad yeast in our lives, we can learn to recognise it by its fruit and avoid it in future. This is a sure way of being on our guard.