Lenten reflections 2018 - 02 - Tuesday - Second week of Lent



 Tuesday - Second week of Lent


(Isaiah 10: 16-20; Matthew 23: 1-12)

 `The greatest among you must be your servant ....anyone who

humbles him/herself will be exalted'.


Isaiah continues with the words of God: 'Come now, let us set things right. Though your sins be like scarlet they may become white as snow'. The call is 'let us put things right'. God awaits with open arms to receive us back, to forgive us that we may really learn to dance and sing, to laugh and rejoice at the wonder of a God who cares more for our honest efforts at implementing justice than the actual attainment of goals. God delights in the one who humbly begins again and again and again, at the one whose goal is to serve and bring about a kingdom of unity and peace.


In today's gospel, St Matthew collects into one place many of Jesus' strong criticisms of the Pharisees. These can be divided into two kinds -the strictness and the spirit in which they interpreted the Mosaic Law and the vanity and hypocrisy of the religious leaders. The Pharisees coveted places of honour, they loved the respectful greeting of 'Rabbi', which meant 'My master'. The focus was entirely on themselves and Jesus abhorred this deceitful pretense lived at the expense of being servant to the people. The world is in need of living examples - of people who live in such a way that others will be able to say when they meet us, these persons are Christians because they don't hate, because they are willing to make sacrifices, because they know how to love, because they are joyful - at the service of the family of God.


Breath Prayer: Call to mind an attitude of pride

 I breathe in:     'Gentleness, humility'

 I breathe out: 'The need to impress, the need for power 'over' another'


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