Monday 16 June 2014

Wednesday of Week 15 Year 2

When a person is quite highly educated, there is sometimes the temptation to show how great one is or how smart or accomplished one is. Pride and arrogance may begin to manifest. The same situation also could happen when a person has achieved a high position or status, or a person has been successful in his or her career or business, or a person has accomplished some great feat.

What some people fail or refuse to realise is that whatever they have achieved are merely temporary things. When people are in this sort of attitude or situation, it becomes quite difficult for them to change for the better. This is why in today's Gospel, Jesus said:  "I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children." When we are proud and arrogant, or when we think we know it all, we may fail to listen to God's voice. It is when we are like little children: humble, vulnerable, dependent on God's care and providence, that we will realise what our priorities ought to be. The question we need to ask ourselves sincerely is this: how long will our fame, wealth, popularity, status, etc. last? Are we focusing too much on what is temporary, only to the detriment of our eternal future?

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