THE GREATNESS OF GOD AND THE NOTHINGNESS OF MAN, SELF-EXAMINATION, SELF-CONTROL, KINDNESS AND CHARITY

INTRODUCTION

Today’s reflection is entered on: The greatness of God, the nothingness of human beings, kindness and charity, self-examination and self-control.

the greatness of God


The son of Sirach tries to express the greatness of God. But he couldn’t express it all because no one can measure the majestic power of God. He also reminds you of your nothingness before God. God shows us mercy because he knows we are mere dust.

Jesus the son Sirach also tried to compared kindness and charity. He said that kind words are more effective than the best of gifts. But the combination of kindness and charity is the most effective. He also tells you the principles guiding kindness and charity.

Jesus also explained explicitly, the importance of self-examination. He said you should have a deep thought before you act. He also stressed on self-control and gave you reasons why you shouldn’t be controlled by your lust, but should keep your passions in check.

SUB THEMES FOR TODAY'S REFLECTION

1. The greatness of God (18.1 – 18.7)
2. Human beings are nothing (18.8 – 18.14)
3. Kindness and charity (18.15 – 18.18)
4. Self-examination (18.19 – 18.29)
5. Self-control (18.30 – 19.5)

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REFLECTIONS, WISE QUOTES AND FOOD FOR THOUGHT FOR TODAY

(Meditate over these words of wisdom)  

1. Can you measure the majesty of God or tell the whole of his merciful action? 

You can neither add to them nor subtract from. In fact, there is no way to comprehend the marvelous things the Lord has done (18.5 – 18.6). What an awesome and mighty God!

2. Reflection on these questions: 

What are human beings? Of what use are we? 
The good we do - the evil that we do. What does it all mean? (18.18).

3. Do you need the divine mercy of God?

He will have compassion on you if you accept has guidance and are eager for him to show you where you are wrong (18.14).

4. The principles of kindness and charity are as follow:

(a) When you help someone, don’t reprimand him at the same time.
(b) When you make a gift, don’t say anything that hurts because your words count more than what you give (18.15 – 18.16).

5. Do you know that kind words are more effective than the best of gifts? 

But if you are really concerned, give both (18.17).

6. The easiest way to obtain forgiveness from God is to examine your conscience before he judges you and then when that time comes, he will forgive you (18.20).

7. Do you want to be wise?

Then appreciate wisdom when you hear it and you will become wise yourself and your words will be a source of wisdom for others (18.29).

8. Do you really want to be rich?

Then don’t make yourself a beggar by borrowing for expensive banquets when you don’t have enough money of your own. If you do you will never get rich (18.33 – 19.1).  

9. Mind how you go for merry making and party because wine and women make sensible men do foolish things.

 A man who goes to prostitutes gets more and more carelessness will cost him his life. Worms will feed on his decaying body (19.2 – 19.3).

CLOSING PRAYER FOR TODAY

(Recite with deep faith)
O God, before whom I am nothing. Help me to live a life fu log kindness and charity. Help to examine my conscience and to appreciate wisdom. Don’t allow me to be controlled by my lust – Amen.

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