Saturday 26 July 2014

Monday of Week 25 Year 2

What sort of a person do we consider ourselves at this present time? Are we a loving, caring, generous, courteous, respectful, compassionate, or merciful person? Or have we become more and more cold towards others, even to the point of plotting against them? Sometimes, we could be just as guilty if we are indifferent, couldn't be bothered, aloof, over-demanding or rude towards others. We may not realise it ourselves, but sometimes a good, trustworthy and reliable friend could point out our abilities as well as our shortcomings to us, enabling us to become better people.

In today's reading, we are reminded to be good examples towards others. But being good examples is not sufficient. We also need to supplement our being with doing. As some may say, we need to "walk the talk." Today's reading cautions us: "Do not emulate the man of violence, never model your conduct on his; for the wilful wrong-doer is abhorrent to the Lord, who confides only in honest men. The Lord’s curse lies on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the virtuous. He mocks those who mock, but accords his favour to the humble." Let us take a deep, honest look at ourselves. Are we people of peace, bringing love, joy, compassion or mercy to all? Or are we willfully doing wrong, committing abhorrent or wicked things in one way or another, thinking only of ourselves and ultimately distancing ourselves from God?

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