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Living a Double Life

Seeking What Matters Most
October 14, 2020
The Fifth Gospel
October 17, 2020
PITIK-BULAG: Living a Double Life
 
In one of the homilies of Pope Francis regarding the hypocrisy of the Scribes and Pharisees, he said, “Hypocrisy is the language of the devil; it is the language of evil that enters our heart and is sown by the devil…We have to learn to accuse ourselves, to reflect on what is inside of us, to see the sin, hypocrisy, and the wickedness that is in our heart, and to say it before God with humility. “
 
What a very powerful statement regarding the sin of hypocrisy. Our Lord is very gentle and patient to sinners, yet can easily lose his temper with the Pharisees’ hardheadedness to accept his teachings and remain in their hypocrisy.
 
Our Lord loves everyone including his enemies and detractors. In his desire to win their hearts and open their eyes, He will always accept the invitation to dine with the Pharisees. Unfortunately, his meal with them will always end up in an argument. The gap of misunderstanding between Jesus and the religious leaders is far beyond repair because of their RESISTANCE TO UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THEIR MISTAKES. Thus, the Lord will always end scolding them for their refusal to listen and consider his teachings. Resistance is indeed a major block in our spiritual transformation.
 
As we evaluate our own life, we also reflect on our own sins of hypocrisy. We need the spirit of humility to notice and accept our own spiritual inconsistencies. We need to detect them soon, remove the gap between our words and action, and be true to ourselves. We don’t like to worship a false God in our hearts.
 
The words of Pope Francis deserves our consideration for today’s gospel reading. Let’s ponder deeper his suggestion on how to deal with our own hypocrisy. He gave us four simple steps in managing our spiritual duplicity.
 
1. Learn to accuse yourself of being a hypocrite.
 
Our humble acceptance of our hypocrisy is the first step to our reform. Beg the Lord for the grace of humility to accuse ourselves of our resistance to hear the truth.
2. Reflect and evaluate what’s inside you.
 
Beg the Lord for the grace of discernment to detect those deeply embedded sins, wrong values, wickedness, and biases. Saint Ignatius of Loyola called them inordinate attachments. It takes a lot of courage to name them and cast them away from our hearts.
 
3. To beg for God’s forgiveness and reform our lives.
 
Beg the Lord for His mercy and forgive our hidden hypocrisy. Beg Him as well for the courage to reform our lives and be more conscious of closing the gap between what we say and what we do. We don’t want to live a double life.
 
For Pope Francis, HYPOCRISY IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE DEVIL. It entices us to listen to his deceits and lies, in the process, we end up in his vicious trap and find ourselves living in a double life. It leads us to morality, impurity, hatred, rivalry, jealousy, an outburst of anger, and occasions of envy (Galatians 5: 19-21).
 
On the other hand, LOVE IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. It leads us to forget ourselves and think more of the others. It leads us to other divine virtues such as joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
 
The gospel reading today reminds me of Jesus giving high praises to Nathaniel upon seeing him coming to Him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit. There’s no duplicity in him.”
 
– Fr. Willy M. Samson, SJ
 
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October 15, 2020 – Thursday
Gospel Reading: Luke 11: 47-54 1eeee

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