Scripture Reading: John 5:30
What did Abraham ever do to make himself famous or insured a lasting legacy? What career ladders did Joseph climb to become Prime Minister of Egypt? Who “handled” David during his reign as king over Israel? As a matter of fact, did any of the famous Bible characters imagine that people down through the centuries would remember or talk about them? I can’t see where even one Bible hero promoted his or her self. It was always God who did all their promo work. Just think: there was no media hype, sound bites, book signings, record deals or Internet blogs. They didn’t hire slick advertising agencies to figure out how to project a favorable image or advance their careers.
As we do God’s work upon the earth, we need to keep these true heroes in mind. God has a divine destiny for each one of us and He has a path to success to achieve it. In the end we may or may not become known to the world. Many obscure saints will have thrones and authority in heaven that they never experienced on earth. We are wise not to measure success as the world measures it. Hear St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney, “We put pride into everything like salt. We like to see that our good works are known. If our virtues are seen, we are pleased; if our faults are perceived, we are sad. I remark that in a great many people; if one says anything to them, it disturbs them, it annoys them. The saints were not like that — they were vexed if their virtues were known, and pleased that their imperfections should be seen.”
Are you waiting on God for your next step? That’s good – you are in the best company with men like Daniel, Isaiah, and Samuel. Maybe you will become famous like some of them and maybe not. Check your heart for motives and then let God decide how your story will be. For in the ambition to be famous, or to bequeath a legacy for the next generation, some believers have done great evil and wickedness in the secret places which only God knows.
Today Holy Spirit asks you to scrutinize the motives behind the story you are telling, what is the unseen reason behind your actions? Are your speeches and actions as a Christian solely for the glory of God? St. John of the Cross, said “To be taken with love for a soul, God does not look on its greatness, but the greatness of its humility.” St Faustina, Divine Mercy said. (“He who wants to learn true humility should reflect upon the Passion of Jesus 267)”Pope St. Clement I wrote “We should let God be the One to praise us and not praise ourselves. For God detests those who commend themselves. Let others applaud our good deeds.”Brethren do you wish to rise? Begin by descending to the level of a servant, you plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. James 4:6 concludes our reflection today thus “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble”
MASS: GREEN/WHITE 2 Cor 6:1-10; Ps 98:1.2-3ab.3cd-4 (R.2a); Accl. Ps 119:105; Mt 5:38-42 ST. ROMUALD, ABB. (Opt Mem)
1. Thank the Lord for His word today
2. Ask for mercy for the times you have given in to pride
3. Take this prayer Litany of Humility by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val
Jesus! Meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me, Jesus.
Exercise: Study Proverbs 11:2
Meditation: Matthew 6:4