Tuesday, March 3, 2015
A living God must be served in a living way
“An image is worth a thousand words. - In short, today, more than ever before, the Church will be credible with the testimony of works, rather than by its coherence and internal logic” – Saint Pope John Paul II
Gospel Text: (MT 23:1-12)
Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying,
“The scribes and the Pharisees
have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.
Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you,
but do not follow their example.
For they preach but they do not practice.
They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry
and lay them on people’s shoulders,
but they will not lift a finger to move them.
All their works are performed to be seen.
They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels.
They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues,
greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’
As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’
You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.
Call no one on earth your father;
you have but one Father in heaven.
Do not be called ‘Master’;
you have but one master, the Christ.
The greatest among you must be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled;
but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
So forget your titles and humble yourself!
Only with true humility can we see ourselves as we truly are – beloved children of God. Our love for others flows from this primary identity. Only when we first recognize this, are we free to love others as mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends.
As we can read in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, «God created everything for man but man in turn was created to serve and love God and to offer all Creation back to Him».
Here lies our greatness: To serve God!
Posted by Joe Reciniello at 8:35 AM