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 27, 2014

My Reflection for Saturday March 29, Third Week of Lent, Luke 18:9-14

Gospel: Luke 18:9-14
9 Jesus also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others: 10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, `God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even  like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.' 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, `God, be merciful to me a sinner!' 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who  humbles himself will be exalted."
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Have you tried conversing with those who are humble? What do you notice about them? They very rarely talk about themselves, if they even talk about themselves they see to it that it’s done not for the purpose of raising their own self image. So, we naturally gravitate towards them and we love to be with them because they carry an aura of holiness. And we naturally want to be blessed by their holiness, holiness that they don’t even know that they have within them.

Have you tried conversing with those who are so full of themselves? Of course they always talk about themselves: their accomplishment, their riches, things that they do and it goes on and on. And we don’t normally want to hear these self-serving words that only feed their bloated egos.

God would prefer also that we at all times become humble. To talk less and less about ourselves and our accomplishments for the simple reason that He already knows everything about us.  He would very much prefer that we silently practice our faith, never worrying if other would notice about it or not. Simply content to do things for the greater glory of God and not to serve our own glorification.

We are more often than not like the Pharisee in our gospel, we love to talk about ourselves and we love to boast about the things that we do. An inner renewal is in order for all of us so that we would become like the humble tax collector who gained the favor of God.

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