it’s a relief
who we are
and aren’t …
there’s only one Light,
one Bright and Shining Glory
so high above our ways …
the best we can do
is look up
and allow our jaws to drop …
to fall to our knees
and invite our Creator’s Spirit
like rain into our hearts,
to make room
for new growth,
to be nourished,
to be loved
Gospel 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.”
Do you ever struggle with pride, competition or envy? Do you ever struggle to practice what you preach? Comment below, and I’ll be delighted to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Lord bless us with a deep humility and strength to practice our faith with integrity and authenticity. Purify our hearts and motivations into a single desire to serve You, our infinitely loving and trustworthy Heavenly Father in whatever way you call us as individuals. In Jesus name, we pray.