A Cure for Pride…

Brothers and Sisters,

This mornings Gospel is from Luke ( Lk 17:7-10 ).  The gospel reads as follows :

Jesus said to the Apostles:
“Who among you would say to your servant
who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field,
‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’?
Would he not rather say to him,
‘Prepare something for me to eat.
Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink.
You may eat and drink when I am finished’?
Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?
So should it be with you.
When you have done all you have been commanded, say,
‘We are unprofitable servants;
we have done what we were obliged to do.’”

You know.  I find this rather humorous to a degree.   I can just hear one of those parents.  Johnny works really hard at some sport he makes the play that wins the game for his team and his parents say.. well good that was what you were supposed to do.   On the other hand if he misses the play that they didnt work hard enough.  It was expected.

This sort of process takes the issue of pride away.   There are some other passages in scripture that echo this sort of sentiment.  From Matthew 6 we know that doing good in front of others and EXPECTING praise means that you got your reward.     Now, there is also another side to the coin.  If you do something good.  In the bottom of your heart does is not also make you feel good ?   Should you feel guilty about that ?  NO !     In the course of your conversations with your friends or family doing something like that comes out from them … well, humilty should rule the day.

Our preferences should always be to use our conscience as the way we thrust ourselves forward into the next work of corporal mercy.   For it is in the these acts that we become the most humane, the most loving, the most Christian person we can be.


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