Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Reflections for Third Sunday of Lent March 11, John 2:13-25


My Reflections:
In a faraway parish there was a Eucharistic Minister that was designated by his parish pastor to lead the first Friday devotion of the Blessed Sacrament. To be prepared the Eucharistic Minister asked the pastor about the prayers to be said and the proper decorum during the ritual.

The Eucharistic Minister faithfully studied the prayers and the movements. After which he immediately went to church to do the delegated function. As the ritual was going-on there was a newly ordained priest from a nearby seminary who witnessed everything. And he found some flaws in the gestures of the Eucharistic minister.

After it was over the priest immediately went to the sacristy. And arrogantly scolded the Eucharistic minister in the presence of his fellow volunteer church workers. Recognizing the authority of the priest the minister meekly said that he was just following orders. And after the Mass the visibly guilt stricken minister calmly approached the same priest to apologize and say sorry through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

We sometimes are very particular with the behavior or mistakes that we see from our fellowmen just like how the priest behaved  in our story. Yet we are not sensitive with our own irrational behavior and with our own superiority complex. We must also be sensitive with the feelings of the people that we will scold or berate. The priest could have been more creative in pointing out the mistake of the minister. He could have approached him without the presence of his fellow volunteer church workers. And there he could have calmly corrected the minister. But the priest chose to be arrogant and he egotistically imposed his authority.

Let us not forget that we are also temples of the Holy Spirit (1st Corinthian 6:19). We must ensure that we rid ourselves of arrogance, superiority complex, egotism and other impure thoughts/actions that might defile us.

Do we clean ourselves from these negative attitudes that defiles us? 

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