As I continue organizing my notes from the past, I’ll share with you another teaching from Father Thomas that I’ve been reflecting on about hypocrisy.
In Luke 13:20 we read, “What shall I compare the Kingdom of God with? It is like the yeast which a woman mixed with a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
What is the Kingdom of God? A better question is, WHO is the Kingdom of God?
We are supposed to be. Another way to say “kingdom of God” is to say the “family of God.” The Kingdom of God made up of people.
God wants to start his Kingdom with a very, very, small thing. Jesus uses yeast in this parable from Luke 13:20. We are supposed to be good yeast, not the bad yeast.
Earlier in Luke Jesus tells his disciples, “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” Luke 12:1
What is hypocrisy? Hypocrisy is wearing a mask so that our real face doesn’t show. An opposite of hypocrisy is sincerity. Sincerity comes from the root “sin-cere” which literally means “without wax”. Wax was used to cover up the cracks, to hide the flaws. So “with wax” would be with falsehood, with pretending or putting on a show; to say and do what looks good but is not real.
Jesus is telling this to his disciples — be on your guard against hypocrisy.
The truth will come out. “Everything that is covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight…” It’s all going to come out.
It’s very important to God that we be the Kingdom of God. But the Kingdom that he wants.
God couldn’t use the Pharisees. They looked good but weren’t good. It was all show, all cosmetics.
Jesus said, “Become like little children.” Little children don’t have masks.
God can’t build his family with the yeast of hypocrisy. Make sure the yeast in you is God’s yeast. Don’t let your life be a show, pretense or hypocrisy.
“Let your love be sincere...” Romans 12:9