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 12, 2015

Reflection for March 14, Saturday of the Third Week of Lent; Luke 18:9-14

Gospel: Luke 18:9-14
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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Is humility the passageway to the heart of God? Yes it is! By our humility we are able to access the sacred passageway to the heart of God. By our humility we are able to make God smile at us and we are able to make God embrace us.  

Humility is not only the passageway to the heart of God for this is also the passageway to the heart of our fellowmen. We are silently admired and respected if we are always humble and if we don’t raise ourselves to be exalted by our fellowmen.

In our gospel reading this Saturday there’s this Pharisee who boasted about his good qualities before God. Why did he boast? Perhaps the Pharisee thought that in so doing God would take notice and be impressed of his good qualities. But we cannot impress God, we cannot bully our way to the heart of God.

On the other hand the tax collector and perceived to be sinner by many humbled himself before God. He did nothing except to humbly acknowledge his own sinfulness in front of God. By humbly admitting his own sinfulness and shortcomings the tax collector gained the mercy and favor of God.

Do you also want to gain the mercy and favor of God? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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