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Luke 12:1-7

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Meanwhile, when the crowd gathered by the thousands, so that they trampled on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, that is, their hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. 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. I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God's sight. But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows."

Luke 12:1-7
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    • Even when there were thousands present, Jesus spoke first to his disciples. Among all those who pray now, Jesus chooses to speak to me. He invites me to honesty and integrity, helping me to realise that I need not pretend in his presence but can be fully who I am. If I can relax in the company of Jesus, of what need I be afraid?
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    • The actions of hypocrites do not conform to their words. Jesus calls us to personal integrity – coherence between what we believe, say and do.
    • Jesus speaks encouraging words to his followers in the face of opposition – the reassurance of God’s faithful love, care and support. God cares for the smallest and most vulnerable of his creatures. How much more is God present for all who believe and trust in him?
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    • I am a member of that great crowd which comes to hear the Word of God - I am part of the Sacred Space community. For a few moments I pray for the other members of this community, and ask that it may continue to grow all over the world.
    • A hypocrite was a person whose life was not in tune with the ways of God. A simple way to be part of God’s music is to trust God and not to be afraid. I ask God that I may not live out of fear but out of belief that I am limitlessly valued by God.
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    • The Jews used to say that every blade of grass has its own guardian angel. God has an eye for the details, for the monsters as well as the molecules. We mortals are born and die in our millions, many of us unregarded or forgotten. Yet the Lord cherishes each of us personally. Without that faith I would despair. So I come back to this verse: in God's eyes each of us is precious.
    • 'Walk it as you talk it' was a popular slogan for a while, with the meaning that we practise what we preach, and live what we believe. Jesus is tough on hypocrisy, often hard on people who use religion for their own ends. Our true selves come through, just like the hypocrisy of the Pharisees will not remain always hidden. True prayer is a time for getting in touch with our true self, with its positive and negative side. We can pray that the love of God will inspire all that is good in us, and that God's healing forgiveness can look after the rest.
    • People may try to lead others astray, and Jesus points this out to his followers. The world is a sort of battlefield sometimes of good and evil; communities and individuals need to take care not to be misled. God is the carer, the one who values each of us fully. Can we do the same, and treat others as God treats us - each of us being of infinite value?