I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who put to death the body and, after that, can do no more. But I will tell you whom to fear: Fear the one who, after killing you, is able to throw you into hell. This one you must fear. Don‘t you buy five sparrows for two pennies? Yet not one of them has been forgotten by God. Even the hairs of your head have been numbered. Don‘t be afraid! Are you less worthy in the eyes of God than many sparrows?
Jesus cautions his listeners of the leaven of the Pharisees, that is, hypocrisy. Just like a leaven (zyme) that penetrates within bread and, though hidden, acts powerfully; the hypocrites, though virtuous in the surface, deep within them are hidden vices.
Today, there are people who appear to be exemplary and honorable individuals but in reality filled with wickedness, dishonesty and immorality. Followers of Christ should not let themselves be contaminated by their corrupting influence. Jesus reminds us that hypocrisy won‘t work for ”nothing is covered that will not be uncovered; or hidden, that will not be made known.” (v.2)
In rendering service to God and to other people, our intention must be pure. In receiving the sacraments, especially the Holy Communion, we make sure that we are in the state of grace. Before facing the altar to bring offering, admit humbly our wrong deeds and be reconciled with our neighbors, with the Church and with God. Only those who walk in the path of truth and righteousness are worthy to be called true disciples of Christ.