Scripture: Luke 11:53—12:12
Key verses: (12:1-3) Meanwhile, when the crowd gathered by the thousands, so that they trampled on one another, he began to speak first to his disciples, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, that is, their hypocrisy. 2 Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. 3 Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops.
Reflection: There was a great TikTok encouraging the use of masks that just made me laugh out loud. A woman said, “I don’t see why we are making a big deal of wearing a mask, we have been hiding behind masks for years!”. Not everyone in my house laughed but I think we all can admit that we have worn masks or put on different masks daily. We pretend to be someone we are not for any number of reasons. It is hypocrisy at its best. We act one way in the dark and then put on a mask to fit in with the crowds in the light.
This is nothing new. We read about how Jesus’ confrontation of the Pharisees and lawyers caused a scene in our gospel reading today. Jesus words were not easy to hear then and they are not easy to hear today. Jesus doesn’t tell the disciples to be good and tow the party line. Jesus says that living genuine and honestly before God will get us into trouble. We cannot just accept the status-quo but when we take the masks off, we are going to feel compelled to call out injustice, racism and oppression. It is not easy to be authentic.
Every day, we stand before God maskless. God looks at our heart and is aware of the meaning of every action. Every time we put on our mask to go to the grocery store, walk with a friend or enter church, let’s be intentional about letting go of all of our other masks.
Prayer: Creator God, help us be our best selves. Guide us to a life of authenticity. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].