BE KIND TO THE POOR, KEEP THE FAITH AND BE HUMBLE – SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION (23 October, 2016)

1st READING (Sirach 35: 12C-14, 16-18B)
2nd READING (2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18)
GOSPEL (Luke 18: 9-14)

consequences of humility and pride

REFLECTION ON TODAY’S READINGS

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 humility.

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 ORPHAN.

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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