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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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My Reflection for Thursday May 1, St. Joseph the Worker Matthew 13:54-58

Gospel: Matthew 13:54-58
He went to his hometown and taught the people in their synagogue. They were amazed and said, “Where did he get this wisdom and these special powers? 55 Isn’t he the carpenter’s son? Isn’t Mary his mother and aren’t James, Joseph, Simon and Judas his brothers? 56 Aren’t all his sisters living here? How did he get all this?”        57 And so they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, “The only place where prophets are not welcome is their hometown and in their own family.” 58 And he did not perform many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
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What is superiority complex? It’s our arrogance and it’s our very high regard with ourselves. We want to be superior with everyone else. What fuels this superiority mindset? Perhaps it’s our status in life for example if we are powerful, educated and rich. As such there’s that tendency for us to have this feeling that we are above everyone else.   

When Jesus went back to His hometown He was belittled by His by town mates. They couldn’t believe that He was speaking and teaching in their synagogue for He was just a carpenter’s son for them.

They had this feeling of superiority over Jesus but why did they had this feeling of superiority? Perhaps, it was brought about by their status in life, perhaps inside their minds they were telling Jesus, who are you to lecture us in the synagogue when you’re just an ordinary carpenter’s son!

This is the dilemma when we have this mindset of superiority over others. We already close our minds to what they could achieve and do. We close our minds because we cannot accept that someone whom we used to know as an ordinary person now becomes someone who is now more known and respected than us.   

This is a behavioral problem that we must at all times avoid for everyone of us are created by God as equals. Nobody is above anyone else, our money, our education and status in life doesn’t give us the license to step-on anyone’s honor and reputation.  

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