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

Thursday, March 7, 2013

My Reflections for March 9, Saturday of the Third Week of Lent: Luke 18:9-14

Gospel:
Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity —greedy, dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’ But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’ I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
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My Reflections:
There were two officemates who were promoted at the same time. One suddenly became proud of his newly found fame he left his friends for a new set of friends that befits his new status. The other one remained humble and remained in-touch with his old friends. Whom would we favor amongst these two? Of course we will favor the humble one.

The same is true with Jesus, He favors the humble as stated in the gospel. Those who do not change whatever fame and fortune they may possess. They remain grounded; they never allow their sudden fame and fortune to go into their heads. They are well aware that whatever they have now is a gift from God that they must not brag.   

Let us always be humble before the eyes of God and our fellowmen. … 

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