Friday 25 October 2013

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

Whenever we go for confession, how many of us are aware and willing to confess that we are guilty of the sin of pride in one form or another? Perhaps we are not truly aware of what exactly is pride. Perhaps we are aware, and are too proud or find it too difficult to confess. Thus, it is good for us to ponder about what is pride.

Pride can manifest itself in many ways, some obvious, some subtle.

When we belittle ourselves and cause others to praise us, we increase our pride.

When we tell lies because we do not want others to know the truth, thinking that if they know, they would not like us or respect us or remain our friend: that is pride.

When we are over concerned with appearance, beauty, looks, and clothes, and attempt to look good or appear to be better than we really are: that is pride.

When we are more concerned about what others think about us, comparing ourselves to others: that is pride.

When we think we know it all or don't need to learn, and want things done our way or no way: that is pride.

When we are not willing to admit when we are wrong, refusing to ask for forgiveness, and trying to find ways and means to justify our sin instead of just admitting it: that is pride.

When we tend to criticise others, finding faults in others, and being quick to blame others, while having feelings of bitterness, anger or lack of forgiveness: that is pride.

The list can go on...

Today's Gospel tells us about the Pharisee and the tax collector going up to the Temple to pray. One was so full of himself, so proud of what he has done and accomplished. The other knows his strength and weaknesses, and humbly asks God to "be merciful to me, a sinner.” Are we able to recognise ourselves as a Pharisee, or as the tax collector? Perhaps we are struggling to be more like the tax collector, and be less like the Pharisee? Let us offer ourselves to God, asking him to help us to understand the true meaning of humility, and make every effort to walk humbly before God.

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