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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Daily Bible Reflections April 25, 2012

Feast of St. Mark, Evangelist
So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. – 1 Peter 5:6
People in the community see Vince as a humble servant. He can serve on stage in front of the crowd and he has no qualms about serving in the background.
But Vince has a secret. He takes on lowly roles because he needs to show that he’s humble. His neediness is fed whenever people praise him for doing such “humble” acts. It makes him feel his worth and twistedly validates his virtue of humility.
He misunderstood the verse above, thinking he should do humble acts for God so that others may exalt him. But when his acts aren’t appreciated, he feels empty.
Years later, through caring group sessions with his closest friends, he recognized this underlying intention. He thought that people defined his worth by his family background, and because he came from a broken family, showing off humble acts recognized by others would elevate his stature.
Today he continues to take steps to acknowledge that his worth is rooted in being a child of God. He examines his intentions regularly whenever doing humble acts making sure it’s his expression of love for God regardless if he was praised for it or not.Carlo Lorenzo (carloflorenzo@yahoo.com)
“You know that our Lord does not look at the greatness or difficulty of our action, but at the love with which you do it.” (St. Therese of Lisieux)
Holy Spirit, help me discern my true intentions in everything that I do. Help me be a character of love so that I may show love whether in great or humble ways.
St. Mark, evangelist, pray for us.

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