Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

Isaiah 1: 10, 16-20, Psalm 50, Matthew 23: 1-12

Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Matthew 23:12

There are no lists of “The Top Ten Humble People.” The humble don’t write autobiographies or broadcast their accomplishments. Ad agencies don’t use them to promote products or services. You rarely find them in the pages of magazines and newspapers. Most live quiet lives.

The above warning and promise from the Gospel of Matthew concludes a passage in which Jesus directs his followers to obey the rules of the established religion, but not to emulate the Pharisees. They--and we--are to reject the Pharisees’ pretensions, hypocrisy and desire for respect and honor. Instead of exalting in titles, privileges and accomplishments, we become the servants.

Consider the following lines:

Someday, the light will shine like a sun through my skin & they will say, What have you done with your life? & though there are many moments I think I will remember, in the end, I will be proud to say, I was one of us. - Brian Andreas

Where will your pride lie?

K. Olson

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