Lord, when I am feeling lonely,
remind me of your promise,
“You are never alone,
I am with you always,
Yes, to the end of time”.
Daily Prayer - 2013-02-26
Lord, when I am feeling lonely,
I ask for the grace
to let go of my own concerns
and be open to what God is asking of me,
to let myself be guided and formed by my loving Creator.
I remind myself that I am in the presence of the Lord.
I will take refuge in His loving heart.
He is my strength in times of weakness.
He is my comforter in times of sorrow.
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. They love to have the place of honour at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father - the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted."
Some thoughts on today's scripture
- The Pharisees are teachers of the Law. This maybe their good right; however, they take advantage of it, and stand on their dignity. They surround the conduct of everyday living with a myriad of regulations: these may not greatly affect people of means – but they add to the burden of the poor.
- And the Pharisees like to show off the importance of their position: they enlarge their prayer-amulets and extend their robes; they seek out the places of honour at gatherings; they expect, when they mix among people, to be greeted with titles of respect like ‘rabbi’.
- But all persons who are puffed up with pride, will be taken down a peg. By contrast, persons not known for pushing themselves forward – such as true followers of Jesus – will end up as the honoured ones. These will not style themselves ‘rabbi’, since Jesus is the one instructor; and they will not demand that anyone call them ‘father’- since they recognise only the one Father in heaven.
Conversation requires talking and listening.
As I talk to Jesus may I also learn to be still and listen.
I picture the gentleness in His eyes
and the smile full of love as he gazes on me.
I can be totally honest with Jesus as I tell Him of my worries and my cares.
I will open up my heart to Him as I tell Him of my fears and my doubts.
I will ask Him to help me to place myself fully in His care,
to abandon myself to Him,
knowing that He always wants what is best for me.
I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.
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