PRIDE AND PRAISE.

Tuesday of the Second Week of LentLectionary: 231

Reading 1 IS 1:10, 16-20
Hear the word of the LORD,

princes of Sodom!

Listen to the instruction of our God,

people of Gomorrah!
Wash yourselves clean!

Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;

cease doing evil; learn to do good.

Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,

hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.
Come now, let us set things right,

says the LORD:

Though your sins be like scarlet,

they may become white as snow;

Though they be crimson red,

they may become white as wool.

If you are willing, and obey,

you shall eat the good things of the land;

But if you refuse and resist,

the sword shall consume you:

for the mouth of the LORD has spoken!

Responsorial Psalm PS 50:8-9, 16BC-17, 21 AND 23
R. (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,

for your burnt offerings are before me always.

I take from your house no bullock,

no goats out of your fold.”

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“Why do you recite my statutes,

and profess my covenant with your mouth,

Though you hate discipline

and cast my words behind you?”

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it?

Or do you think that I am like yourself?

I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes.

He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;

and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God.”

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

Verse Before The Gospel EZ 18:31
Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, says the LORD,

and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.

Gospel MT 23:1-12
Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying,

“The scribes and the Pharisees

have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.

Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you,

but do not follow their example.

For they preach but they do not practice.

They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry

and lay them on people’s shoulders,

but they will not lift a finger to move them.

All their works are performed to be seen.

They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels.

They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues,

greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’

As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’

You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.

Call no one on earth your father;

you have but one Father in heaven.

Do not be called ‘Master’;

you have but one master, the Christ.

The greatest among you must be your servant.

Whoever exalts himself will be humbled;

but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
REFLECTION: PRIDE AND PRAISE

“He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies Me; and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God.” –Psalm 50:23
The Lord commands us to praise Him (Ps 50:14); it is a due sacrifice we offer to God (Ps 96:8), just as the other sacrifices we owe Him. It takes humility to praise God, humility to recognize our sinfulness before Him (Is 1:16ff).
We cannot praise Him without acknowledging our own humble position before Him. He is all-powerful and all-merciful. If we are proud, we will not be able to praise Him. In our pride, we will either elevate ourselves, making ourselves the judge, or we debase Him, bringing Him down to the level of a puny being with no relevance. In the latter case, we judge Him unworthy of being praised; in the former case, we don’t bother praising Him, for we judge the Lord to be no more capable of arranging things than we are. If we feel we don’t need Him, then we don’t feel He is worthy of our praise.
Pride is the enemy of praise. The Lord loves a humble heart that praises Him. Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord (Jas 4:10; see 1 Pt 5:6). Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! (Ps 150:6)
PRAYER: Father, may I never prefer the praises of men to the glory and praises of God (Jn 12:43).

PROMISE: “Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow.” –Is 1:18

PRAISE: Often Joyce just prays the Name, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…”

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