THINKING OF OTHERS

Thursday 26th February – Thursday of the 1st Week of Lent

Reflection: Matthew 7:7-12

THINKING OF OTHERS

Jesus words: “Always treat others as you would like them to treat you” referred to as the Golden rule is also called the ethic of reciprocity. These words have been accepted by people of all times, ethnicity and creed as a rule that guards against greed and selfishness. As Christians, the call to consider others first is central to our faith. Just as our Lord poured out His life for us, we too are called to love sacrificially and unconditionally.

How can we claim to be Christians if we are selfish, proud and greedy? How can we claim to be followers of Christ if we refuse to share in His virtues of compassion, seeking the good of others and love for enemies? More than anything else, the Church calls you and me to be renewed this season of Lent. The purpose of our penance is to raise our thoughts outside of ourselves and our comfort so as to think of the needs of others first and to extend our hands to them in charity.

Today, make it a point of duty to seek the needs of others first in every decision you make. Our natural selves are selfish; ask the Lord for the grace to rise above selfishness and to treat others as you would love to be treated. Strive to be perfect reflection of Jesus Christ.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I come to you as I am, please take away every selfishness in me and help me to consider others first and treat them well. Grant me the grace to be a perfect reflection of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 173 – Why do we need sacraments in the first place?
We need Sacraments in order to outgrow our petty human life and to become like Jesus through Jesus: children of God in freedom and glory.

HIDE A TREASURE: “So treat others the way you would like them to treat you.” Matthew 7: 12

Today’s readings: Esther 4:17; Psalms 138:1-3, 7-8; Matthew 7:7-12

IS GOD TOO GENEROUS?

Sunday 21st September – 25th Sunday of the year

Reflection: Matthew 20: 1-16

IS GOD TOO GENEROUS?

Whether or not we recognise it, God is indeed generous to us all. The gift of life and our needs that are met daily are nothing but an indication of His great love and generosity towards us. Each time we are privileged to look upon an image of the crucifix, we are reminded of how generous God is with His mercy – so much as to come down in human form and undergo the humiliation, punishment and death in our place.

As we grow in our faith, we must be careful so as not to become envious of God’s generosity as He extends His hands of love to others, people whom we have condemned because of the sinful lifestyles and habits they may have engaged in. God’s compassion is great. We must bear in mind that we are who we are only by His grace and we must rejoice when we see others respond to this same mercy and grace we have ourselves responded to.

Jesus asked the early hirelings in today’s reading, “Why are you envious because I am generous?” None of us deserves God’s mercy; none of us has a right to it. His generosity to us is only a privilege. Let us ask God for mercy for the times we have passed judgement on others and grumbled at the seemingly great blessings He has given others.

As we do this, we open ourselves to be beneficiaries of God’s great generosity.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your great generosity towards me. Please help me to extend your mercy and generosity to others.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 280 – What reasons do Christians give for human dignity?

Every person, from the first moment of his life in the womb, has an inviolable dignity, because from all eternity God willed, loved, created, and redeemed that person and destined him for eternal happiness.

   HIDE A TREASURE: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God – not because of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:18 RSV-CE

Readings for Today: Isaiah 55: 6-9; Psalm 145: 2-3, 8-9, 17-18; Philippians 1: 20-24, 27; Matthew 20: 1-16