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Monday, September 5, 2016

Can you commit today to watch others closely, looking for the good in them? - Daily Bible Reflections September 5, 2016

The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely, to see if he would cure on the sabbath, so that they might find an accusation against him. – Luke 6:7
       I held a glass of clean drinking water in front of my students and asked who would like to have some water. Several hands went up and they begged to be called. I then added some sand to the water and asked again, “Who would like a drink?” To my surprise, some hands still showed. Then, I added muddy pebbles and pencil shavings. “Water anyone?” They all squealed in disgust.
       The Pharisees in the Gospel today were watching Jesus closely, not because they wanted to learn from Him, understand His words, or follow His example, but because they were waiting for Him to do something they could use against Him.
       In our daily living, do we also find ourselves watching others closely to criticize or correct them? Are our hearts as pure as clean drinking water, or are our hearts murky with sandy self-righteousness, pebbles of jealousy, and shavings of pride? Instead of always spotting what is wrong in others, could we focus on what is good? Could we encourage, support, and appreciate?
       Jesus is our ultimate example of love and purity. May we learn from Him. Geraldine G. Catral (catral.geegee@beaconschool.ph)
Reflection: Can you commit today to watch others closely, looking for the good in them?
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew the right Spirit within me.
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us.

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