1st READING (Sirach
35: 12C-14, 16-18B)
2nd READING (2
Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18)
GOSPEL (Luke 18: 9-14)
REFLECTION ON TODAY’S
ARCH THEME: BE KIND TO THE POOR, FAITH, CONCEQUENCIES OF HUMILITY AND PRIDE
Today’s first reading directs your attitude toward the poor,
especially orphans and widows.
The second reading addresses your faith as a Christian.
Today’s gospel warns you of the consequences of pride and
Jesus the son of Sirach advises you in the first reason to
be very careful on how you treat the less privileged. God is a father to the
fatherless and husband of widows. When you wrong them and they pour out tears
to God, he will never ignores their cries and supplications and his justice
must take its course.
NEVER FOR ANY REASON CAUSE THE CRY OF A WIDOW OR AN
In the second reading, Paul advises you to fight a good
fight of faith, so that at the end, you will receive the crown of righteousness
from God the righteous Judge.
WHAT DOES IT PROFIT YOU TO LOSE YOUR SOUL AFTER
ALL YOUR TOILS?
In the gospel, Jesus
condemns self-righteousness and commends humility. In the parable of the
Pharisee and the tax collector (the publican), the Pharisee is a righteous and
law-abiding man, But his mistake lies in coming before God with his cup full of
his achievements, that is pride. He never acknowledged his nothingness before
his creator, rather he went further to judge and condemn the tax collector.
On the other hand, the Publican has no good work to show,
but he comes before God with a contrite heart (Which God does not despise),
asking for God’s mercy. He acknowledges that he is a sinner. God favoured the
Publican more than the Pharisee because of his humility. That is the
consequences of Humility and Pride.
ALWAYS BE HUMBLE IN LIFE, NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHAT YOU
ARE. IT PAYS.
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