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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Father, teach me to live selflessly just like Your Son, Jesus - Daily Bible Reflections October 15,2014


Memorial of St. Teresa of Avila, virgin
and doctor of the Church
 
IT’S NOT ABOUT JESUS
 
 
“Woe to you, Pharisees! You love the seat of honor in synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.” – Luke 11:43
 
       Before you react, protesting the title above, think about it a little bit.
       If we study the ministry of Jesus Christ on earth, we will discover the irony that distinguished His attitude and His life.
       If Jesus were to publish a slogan that would describe His life and ministry, it would be: IT’S NOT ABOUT JESUS. He came not be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). Jesus is the ultimate Giver. He certainly didn’t make anything about Himself, unlike the Pharisees in today’s Gospel, who did a lot only for their benefit.
       If it wasn’t about Jesus, then it’s defintely not about you or me, or anyone else. Jesus had the right to make it all about Himself, but He chose to lay it aside in exchange for what really mattered — the glory of His Father.
       Friend, sometimes we’re guilty of making things about us or doing something with the wrong intentions. Let this be a reminder for us to check our hearts, and make sure our lives don’t point to ourselves, but to God. Mike Viñas (mikemichaelfcv@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: “Who, though He was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself taking the form of a slave coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, He humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8)
 
Father, teach me to live selflessly just like Your Son, Jesus.
 
St. Teresa of Avila, virgin, pray for us.

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