Scripture Reading: Psalm 52:1-8
St. John Chrysostom starts today with this: “Mercy imitates God and disappoints Satan ”.
Man is a created being. Man was not created to be independent but dependent. Man is to depend on God, his Creator and his fellow man to survive and live successful life. If man is not to constantly put himself in check, he may miss out this truth. No one becomes anything unless God takes him up there using somebody to actualize it. So why the boast, why do you think you are what you are because of whom you are? One of the easiest ways the devil destroys very successful people is through pride!
We may claim not to be proud, but when pride becomes subtle how do we detect it? Remember that before you become successful, you were once with those you now consider nobody. David did not abandon Mephibosheth to perish in Lodebar when he became successful, rather went in search of him. When he was found, David brought him to Jerusalem so that he, (Mephibosheth) can eat at the King’s table. (2 Samuel 9:1-11) Jesus said that, “When you have become successful and want to celebrate your success, invite the poor, the lame, those who cannot pay you back.” (Lukel4:12-14 ’emphasis mine’). No wonder St. John Chrysostom says, “Dost thou wish to receive mercy? Show mercy to thy neighbour ”.
It is the mercy of God that has made you what you are, you must not boast of it. The Holy Spirit, through our scripture reading today warns us through the mouth of the Psalmist to desist from boasting of wickedness, of destroying others with our tongue or planning evil against others. For the scripture talks about the time when the righteous will see the destruction of the wicked, and they will say, “Look, here is someone who did not depend on God for safety’ but trusted instead in his great wealth and looked for security in being wicked.” (Psalm 52:6-7, GNB) It is not about you, it is about the mercy of God.
St. Ambrose concludes today’s reflection this way,
“Mercy, also, is a good thing for it makes men perfect, in that it imitates the perfect Father. Nothing graces the Christian soul so much as mercy ”.
- Thank God that you are alive today by his mercy.
- Repent for many times you have boasted in the past about your achievements.
- Surrender everything you have and everything you will acquire in future
Exercise: Pray with Psalm 51 acknowledging your nothingness before him.
Memory Verse: Luke 6:36