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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Monday, March 2, 2015

Reflection for March 3, Tuesday of the Second Week in Lent; Matthew 23:1-12

Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12
Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation Rabbi. As for you, do not be called Rabbi. You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’ you have but one master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
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How could we best share our faith? How could we convince others to go to Holy Mass? How could we encourage others to read their bible? It’s through sharing of our faith not sharing it by way of threat of condemnation if they would not follow us. But through sharing of our faith with gentleness, humility and patience.

We wouldn’t be able to convince others to follow us or to join our faith if we use self-serving motives. If we will use methods of arrogance and other means of self promotion. Jesus even if He could never promoted Himself as a powerful God/person. He always lived as a humble and gentle God or person. And it’s through these acts that He won people to His side.     

We can’t help but relate this gospel with how we live our faith or even our life. If we want to be respected in our community, in our church or even in our own house. We then have to be humble and gentle we will not earn respect by our show of power and arrogance.

We may have this false belief that because we are powerful, rich and knowledgeable it’s automatic already that others will respect us. But no, we have to earn respect by our acts of humility and gentleness.  

In our gospel Jesus told His disciples about the Pharisees and scribes who loved to be in the forefront. Always displaying their power and influence, they love to give orders and advice but they don’t live what they order or advice.

How about us? Are we honest enough to admit that we are still a work in progress as far as humility is concerned? Are we honest enough to admit that we also love to display our power, intelligence and influence? – Marino J. Dasmarinas  

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