Yeast of the Pharisee? —Lukewarmness of heart…
(CUSA) – Self-righteousness never reaches the light of God.
The only way to avoid it is the humility of genuine prayer. —Ed.
HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2015
Brothers and Sisters,
Hypocrisy does not have a color, rather it plays with halftones. It creeps in and seduces chiaroscuro with the charm of the lie. In today’s scripture reading, Jesus and the disciples are in the midst of a crowd who are trampling on each other – highlighting the outspoken warning of Christ to his disciples: “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees.”
It is a very small thing — yeast, but Jesus talks about it as if to say “virus”. As a doctor who tells his collaborators to pay attention to the risks of an epidemic.
This yeast is a virus that will cause you to get sick and die. Beware! This yeast brings darkness. Beware! But there is one that is greater than this: it is the Father who is in heaven. ‘Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Even the hairs of your head are all numbered.’
And then, in the final exhortation: ‘Do not be afraid! You are worth more than many sparrows’. In front of all these fears that leave us this way and that way, and that gives us the virus, the yeast of pharisaical hypocrisy, Jesus tells us: ‘There is a Father. There is a Father who loves you. There is a Father who cares for you.’
And there’s only one way to avoid infection. It is the way indicated by Jesus: pray. It is the only solution to avoid falling into that self-righteous attitude that is neither light nor darkness, but is in the middle of a journey that will never reach the light of God.
Let us pray. Please pray a lot. ‘Lord, protect your Church, which is all of us: guard your people, that gathered and were trampling each other, each other. Protect your people, because you love the light, the light that comes from the Father, from your Father, who sent you to save us.
Protect your people so they do not become hypocrites, they don’t fall into a lukewarm kind of life. Look after your people because they have the joy of knowing that there is a Father who loves us so much.
Translation from Vatican Radio