Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I love this picture. Contemplation is looking with wonder and awe. The Gospel today is from Matthew 23:1-12 and is a call to humility. Jesus tells his disciples to observe all things that the Scribes and Pharisees tell them, but do not follow their example. "For they preach and do not practice." Jesus also says that all their works are performed to be seen...they love places of honor..."
The Gospel ends with Jesus telling us, "The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted."
Thomas Merton said, "It takes heroic humility to be yourself and to be nobody but the person that God intended you to be."
One of my very favorite quotations from St. Madeleine Sophie is "Be simple. Be humble and bring joy to others."