TRUE GREATNESS

Wednesday 4th March – Wednesday of the 2nd week of Lent

Reflection: Matthew 20: 17 – 28

TRUE GREATNESS

What names come to mind when you think of great people? Our young minds would think of stars in the fields of music, sports, movie industry or very rich individuals in the world. But is that really what it means to be great? Consider this list: Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King (Jnr), Bishop Oscar Romero, St Francis of Assissi, St Maria Goretti, Nelson Mandela, William Wilberforce, Pope St John Paul II the great.  Do they make the list of great souls in your mind?

One thing is common to these people – they lived for others. They became famous not because they desired it; their fame was a result of their desire to live for others. They were servants, giving their lives for the sake of the health, freedom, peace and spiritual growth of others and as they did this, the world took note. Did they face trials? Sure! They faced opposition, rejection, imprisonment, near assassination, and eventual assassination for some; yet they attained greatness through servant hood.

Beloved, do you desire greatness? Why not seek for true greatness which not only man but God himself approves? Christ tells us today: “Anyone who wants to be great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first…must be your slave, just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Mt 20: 26-28). Today, look around you for opportunities to serve others and bring the love of Christ to them and you will be mapping out your way to true greatness.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, you have given me an example of humility and true greatness. Please help me to follow you in sincerity and seek to serve those around me. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 375 – How is authority exercised correctly?

Authority is exercised properly when it is understood according to Jesus’ example as service. It must never be arbitrary. Jesus showed us once and for all how authority should be exercised. He, the greatest authority, served others and took the last place. Jesus even washed the feet of his disciples (Jn 13:1-20).

HIDE A TREASURE: “Whoever would be great among you must be your servant” Matthew 20: 26 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Jeremiah 18: 18-20; Psalm 31: 5-6, 14-16; Matthew 20: 17-28

LIVE FOR GOD’S GLORY – BE CONSIDERATE

Sunday 15th February – 6th Sunday of the year

Reflection: 1 Corinthians 10:31- 11:1

LIVE FOR GOD’S GLORY   –   BE CONSIDERATE

“Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. Avoid giving offense, whether to the Jews or Greeks or the Church of God”. 1 Cor 10: 31-32

In this era of individualism with everyone holding on to the slogan: “I must live my own life how I want” there is tendency for us to forget that no one’s life concerns him alone. None of us lives or dies for himself alone. Such interdependency is what invests life with such tremendous significance. Great forces, good or evil, influence our lives from others just as powerful influence flows out of our lives to contribute to the character formation of others. In this light of our interdependency on each other, God asked Cain; “where is your brother?” And Cain, trying to be an island replied: “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Hence, St. Paul wrote: “Everything is lawful for me, but not everything is to my profit. Everything is lawful for me, but not everything builds up: let no one pursue his own interests, but the interests of the other” (1Cor 10: 23-24). Dear friend, if you have been privileged to grow in your relationship with God, it is your responsibility to lead others to God and not away from Him. It is your duty to watch your way of life so as not to mislead others even if your action is not sinful in itself.

The glory of God is Man fully alive. The life God offers is all-encompassing (physical, spiritual, emotional, financial, psychological); thus in our spiritual strength we must seek to assist the weak; in our wealth we must reach out to the poor and in our wisdom we must instruct those going astray. God desires that all men live in fullness of life and each of us has been called to fulfill this desire of God. Dear friends, take time today to reflect on how well you have been your brother’s keeper.

PRAYER: Lord, please give me the grace to seek the common good in all I do so that my way of life may daily draw others to you. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2287 – Anybody who uses the power at his disposal in such a way that it leads others to do wrong becomes guilty of scandal and responsible for the evil that he has directly or indirectly encouraged. “Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by whom they came!” (Lk 17:1)

HIDE A TREASURE: “Do not seek your own interest, but rather that of others” Philippians 2:4 CCB

Today’s readings: Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46, Psalm 32:1-2,5, 11; 1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1; Mark 1:40-45