Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mt 23:1-12 Humilty: The Lost Virtue

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent
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Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, "...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."

The greatest must be a servant.  My heart loves this but my brain rebels.  This is so unfair!  What's wrong with being pampered, especially after having worked so hard to get to the top of your game?  Why can't we boast of our victories?  Why can't science take top prize and claim itself Master of Modernity?

Victory???  Yeah right!  Not too long ago I read that the richest eighty-five people in the world own more wealth than the bottom half of the entire global population (this translates to 85 > 3,000,000,000). 

I don't see much cause for celebration.  What have a fraction of a fraction of people in the world done with their wonderful inventions and wealth?  That is a legitimate question.

No one should claim to be the greatest.  No one.  No one should even dare boast for being elected President or Pope.  I know the Pope doesn't.  These titles are an occasion for great responsibility, not celebration.  And the Lord sternly warned and reminded his men (as well as the crowd) that where much is given, even more is expected. (cf. Lk 12:48)

Do not be called Rabbi or Master or Father.  On various occasions, Jesus warned his disciples to be careful of letting titles or power get to their heads.  Who is the greatest?  A child (cf. Mt 18:3).  Who is the greatest?  The last (cf. Mt 20:16).  Who is the greatest?  The least (cf. Mt 23:11).  Who is the greatest?  The one who serves the most (cf. Mt 20:26).

Somehow the virtue of humility got lost in our rush towards "modernity."  It needs to be found again and dusted off.  As technology becomes more invasive and weapons become more powerful, humility - along with intelligence - must take center stage. 

Our hearts may understand this, but our brains keep repelling it.  This is why we do Lent.  We need to change the way we think and the way we look at ourselves and our world.

Everybody needs to take their Lent seriously; and not just the rich, but also the political leaders of our world.  Technology, like so many others things, is only good when it is placed in good hands.

"Even though I lost an arm, I have been able to embrace more people than ever before."  - Bethany Hamilton, Soul Surfer.

It's amazing what humble people can do.

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