Posts Tagged ‘humility’


Jesus is indeed for everyone!  No one is excluded whether it be race, language, culture or religion! Yes religion, for whosoever comes to believe in Him even if they come from a different faith background they too shall have hope of eternal life through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. No sin too great that He would spurn the sinner, for great is His mercy and love for the contrite of heart and spirit.

A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice. (Isaiah 42:3)

But woe to the proud of heart, the LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. (Proverbs 16:5) Be wary all who act Holy but lead others not into Holiness. Woe to You if you are found to be guilty of preventing any child of God our Heavenly Father from entering into His Kingdom by your words and deeds! Let us remember that the Lord our God Wills that we should love one another as He loves us.

Save us Saviour of the world, for by Your Cross and Resurrection You have set us free! Amen

First reading

Romans 3:21-30 ·

It is the same justice of God that comes to Jew and pagan alike

God’s justice that was made known through the Law and the Prophets has now been revealed outside the Law, since it is the same justice of God that comes through faith to everyone, Jew and pagan alike, who believes in Jesus Christ. Both Jew and pagan sinned and forfeited God’s glory, and both are justified through the free gift of his grace by being redeemed in Christ Jesus who was appointed by God to sacrifice his life so as to win reconciliation through faith. In this way God makes his justice known; first, for the past, when sins went unpunished because he held his hand, then, for the present age, by showing positively that he is just, and that he justifies everyone who believes in Jesus.

    So what becomes of our boasts? There is no room for them. What sort of law excludes them? The sort of law that tells us what to do? On the contrary, it is the law of faith, since, as we see it, a man is justified by faith and not by doing something the Law tells him to do. Is God the God of Jews alone and not of the pagans too? Of the pagans too, most certainly, since there is only one God.

Gospel

Luke 11:47-54

You have not gone in yourselves and have prevented others who wanted to

Jesus said: ‘Alas for you who build the tombs of the prophets, the men your ancestors killed! In this way you both witness what your ancestors did and approve it; they did the killing, you do the building.

    ‘And that is why the Wisdom of God said, “I will send them prophets and apostles; some they will slaughter and persecute, so that this generation will have to answer for every prophet’s blood that has been shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was murdered between the altar and the sanctuary.” Yes, I tell you, this generation will have to answer for it all.

    ‘Alas for you lawyers who have taken away the key of knowledge! You have not gone in yourselves, and have prevented others going in who wanted to.’

    When he left the house, the scribes and the Pharisees began a furious attack on him and tried to force answers from him on innumerable questions, setting traps to catch him out in something he might say.


We often foolishly think we are much wiser than others. Either we verbally communicate this ‘fact’ by talking down to them or we gloat silently with an air of contempt. If it be true wisdom that we possess why would there be a need to compare? How does wisdom compare with itself? All wisdom as we know it, comes from the Lord our God and the deeper our relationship with Him the wiser we become. Not necessarily by human standards. As we understand it through scripture, the haughty shall never see God, however the humble have seen and are glad. Let your courage revive, you who seek God. (Psalm 69:32) Adam and Eve wanted to know and be like God, yet how could they hope to contain, or hold on to His infinite wisdom within their miniscule bodies or apply it without His timeless experience?

True wisdom as I see it comes from an encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ. Of relooking and rethinking all that we have seen and think we know through and with Him. Of coming into and remaining in His presence. For through His life, death and Resurrection, the Kingdom of God has already come. So in all humility let us seek to deepen our relationship with Him above all else, and through His wisdom and grace may we glorify Him through our loving service of our brethren and of Him. Amen

First reading

Wisdom 7:22-8:1
Wisdom is a breath of the power of God

Within Wisdom is a spirit intelligent, holy,
unique, manifold, subtle, active, incisive, unsullied, lucid, invulnerable, benevolent, sharp, irresistible, beneficent, loving to man,
steadfast, dependable, unperturbed, almighty, all-surveying, penetrating all intelligent, pure and most subtle spirits;
for Wisdom is quicker to move than any motion; she is so pure, she pervades and permeates all things.
She is a breath of the power of God,
pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; hence nothing impure can find a way into her.
She is a reflection of the eternal light,
untarnished mirror of God’s active power,
image of his goodness.
Although alone, she can do all; herself unchanging, she makes all things new.
In each generation she passes into holy souls, she makes them friends of God and prophets; for God loves only the man who lives with Wisdom.
She is indeed more splendid than the sun,
she outshines all the constellations;
compared with light, she takes first place,
for light must yield to night, but over Wisdom evil can never triumph.
She deploys her strength from one end of the earth to the other, ordering all things for good.

Gospel

Luke 17:20-25
The kingdom of God is among you

Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was to come, Jesus gave them this answer, ‘The coming of the kingdom of God does not admit of observation and there will be no one to say, “Look here! Look there!” For, you must know, the kingdom of God is among you.’
He said to the disciples, ‘A time will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man and will not see it. They will say to you, “Look there!” or, “Look here!” Make no move; do not set off in pursuit; for as the lightning flashing from one part of heaven lights up the other, so will be the Son of Man when his day comes. But first he must suffer grievously and be rejected by this generation.’


“If the human heart can so thrill me, what must be the heart of God; if the spark is so bright, what must be the flame?” – Fulton J. Sheen

Yes God our Heavenly Father loves all His children dearly. Our faithful and loving Father will never abandon us. He created us all in His likeness and image and He wills that we be with Him for all eternity.

Now which father who loves his children dearly will allow them to end up as spoilt brats with no regard for anyone but themselves? What kind of father will leave their children to their own device? Hoping one day they might turn out to be virtuous, kind and loving to everyone. How then can we think that our Heavenly Father who loves us so much, much more than anyone ever can in this world; would allow us to simply do as we please? Will He not rather mould us like clay in a Master potter’s hands? Then place us in a kiln to toughen us up? Yes indeed the souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God. Amen

The humble, simple souls, who are little enough to see the bigness of God in the littleness of a babe, are therefore the only ones who will ever understand the reason of His visitation. He came to this poor earth of ours to carry on an exchange, to say to us, as only the Good God could say: “You give me your humanity, and I will give you my Divinity; you give me your time, and I will give you my eternity; you give me your weary body, and I will give you Redemption; you give me your broken heart, and will give you Love; you give me your nothingness, and I will give you My All.” …(extract* the infinity of littleness by Fulton J Sheen)

First reading

Wisdom 2:23-3:9
The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God

God made man imperishable,
he made him in the image of his own nature; it was the devil’s envy that brought death into the world, as those who are his partners will discover.

But the souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God, no torment shall ever touch them.
In the eyes of the unwise, they did appear to die, their going looked like a disaster,
their leaving us, like annihilation;
but they are in peace.
If they experienced punishment as men see it, their hope was rich with immortality; slight was their affliction, great will their blessings be.
God has put them to the test
and proved them worthy to be with him; he has tested them like gold in a furnace, and accepted them as a holocaust.
When the time comes for his visitation they will shine out; as sparks run through the stubble, so will they.
They shall judge nations, rule over peoples, and the Lord will be their king for ever.
They who trust in him will understand the truth, those who are faithful will live with him in love; for grace and mercy await those he has chosen.

Gospel

Luke 17:7-10
You are merely servants

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Which of you, with a servant ploughing or minding sheep, would say to him when he returned from the fields, “Come and have your meal immediately”? Would he not be more likely to say, “Get my supper laid; make yourself tidy and wait on me while I eat and drink. You can eat and drink yourself afterwards”? Must he be grateful to the servant for doing what he was told? So with you: when you have done all you have been told to do, say, “We are merely servants: we have done no more than our duty.”’