Romans 4:1-8

1 What then shall we say about Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
3 For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”
4 Now to one who works, his wages are not reckoned as a gift but as his due.
5 And to one who does not work but trusts him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness.
6 So also David pronounces a blessing upon the man to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works:
7 “Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;
8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not reckon his sin.”

Luke 12:1-7

1 In the meantime, when so many thousands of the multitude had gathered together that they trod upon one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
3 Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
4 “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5 But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear him!
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.
7 Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.  


St PAUL REFLECT on the obedience of father Abraham who without question left everything to follow God’s calling. Paul compare and contrast Abraham and David’s submissive uncohersive obedient acts with the Talmudic works of the law that was imposed upon the people, to demonstrate that God justify those who freely assent to Him. 

Verse seven clearly demonstrate that those who freely submit to the will of God shall be forgiven of their sins which contradict the notion that the believers sins can remain under cover of darkness; impling an internal hostility or that they can continue to sin without any effect or cause upon the soul! Verse eight confirm that upon mans submission to please God, their former sins are washed away. 

THE GOSPEL READING: Christ cautions the disciples to be aware of the underhandedness of the Pharisees. He refers to leavened bread that metaphorically imply a state of impurity and humbleness. Christ juxtaposed the leavened bread with the demeanor of the Pharisees who are puffed up, arrogant and prideful. Jesus apply this metaphor to teach that mans attempt to hide or cloak their sins are pure pretentiousness that shall not escape the eyes of God, because whatever is in the dark shall be exposed.

We are called to seek Gods forgiveness. The protestant system that suggest that mans sins are judiciously covered up with snow as taught by Fr Martin Luther, was and is false! Our Lord unequivocally teaches that whatever is hidden in the dark shall be exposed and come to light on the day of judgement. Habitual sin deprives and hinders our souls of the beauty of God’s graces. The Sacrament of confession or reconciliation given by Christ (Jn 20:22-24) is the place  where we can bring to light; expose our transgressions that we have covered up, and seek Gods mercy and forgiveness! 

LET US PRAY:Psalms 32:1-2,5,12

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
5 I acknowledged my sin to thee, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; then thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin.11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Author. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.

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