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THERE IS NO SHORT CUT TO SPIRITUAL GLORY OR SPIRITUAL LIFE

Today’s Gospel Reading:  Matthew 20:17-28 – SECOND WEEK OF LENT: Wednesday, 28 February 2018 

For the third time, Jesus predicts His coming suffering and death. Mrs. Zebedee interrupts to ask the her two sons – James and John – get a short cut to glory. Jesus’ response is that there is no short cut to spiritual glory or spiritual life.

We cannot bypass the cross. Suffering can take many forms in our life. It can be a recognition of our personal limitations – we simply cannot do or be anything we would like. It can be the suffering that comes from dull routine. It can take the form of our inability to change or reach certain other people. It can be our frustration with ourselves and the realization that personal change is not as facile as self-help books suggest. The spiritual value of these sufferings derives from our making them an integral part of our spiritual life rather that denying or refusing them. When we do that, we become less judgmental of others and less perfectionistic in our expectations.

If we adopt the attitude of the Lord, we will see our suffering not as a penalty but as a service to our brothers and sisters.

Suffering is not detour or mistake but our unique way of serving the Lord.

Jakarta, 28 February 2018

A Christian Pilgrim

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ISAIAH 40:29

Jakarta, 28 February 2018

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EPHESIANS 2:4

Jakarta, 27 February 2018

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DO NOT JUDGE OTHERS

Today’s Gospel: Luke 6:36-38 – SECOND WEEK OF LENT: Monday, 26 February 2018

The Lord declares that our method of measuring others, our standards, tell us a great deal about ourselves. How we deal with other people is an index of our spiritual health, of our image of God and of the Church. None of us has a microscope powerful enough to enable us to peer into the soul of another person. Almost by necessity, we see only externals – the surface of another’s motives, intentions, and thoughts. The surmise or guesswork. For this reason, the Lord warns us not to judge, condemn or lack compassion.

Our attention should turn to ourselves for an examination of our conscience. Lent is a time to place ourselves before a crucifix to review our life, our personal story of sin and grace: what we have loved, whom we have loved, how sensitive or insensitive we have been to God’s grace. Doing so before a crucifix has a serious rationale. We are to compare ourselves not with other people but with Jesus Christ. We are called to be imitators of Him and to put on the mind of Christ. He is our model. We are not to gauge our superiority or inferiority to those around us. There is no growth in that. The Lord Jesus is our standard.

Jakarta, 26 February 2018

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MATTHEW 22:37

Jakarta, 26 February 2018

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PSALM 27:14

Jakarta, 25 February 2018

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THIS IS MY BELOVED SON: 2nd SUNDAY OF LENT – Mark 9:2-10

Jakarta, 25 February 2018

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