28th Friday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Friday October 19, 2018 Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time  WORD of the DAY   Beware of the leaven—that is, the hypocrisy—of the Pharisees.  “There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.  (Luke 12: 2)   How shall I live this Word? Jesus defines hypocrisy as the yeast of the Pharisees. The yeast is that pinch of substance added to the dough to make it grow in volume.  Hypocrisy, even in small doses, emphasizes the situations in which it is used and creates environments that are impossible for life and the development of healthy relationships. It destroys trust, darkens the virtues, leaving them to be mistaken for their opposite, giving the language enough ambiguity to destroy real communication. It undermines relationships and does not allow us to know each other or even to know ourselves. It is impossible to build a community with hypocrites. Moreover, hypocrisy can be the distinctive trait of a person for a long time but hidden hypocritical things will not be hidden forever. Hypocrisy does not tell what is false, but rather it hides the truth and by not telling it, tries...