Day 137 – May 17

Today’s Readings:

2 Samuel 21-22
John 5:25-47
Psalm 131

How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God? John 5:47

There is the temptation for man to seek the esteem and praise of his fellow man. That is what the scribes and Pharisees did. They presented themselves in a way that everyone would recognize them, they prayed in ways that would guarantee they would be noticed. They sat in places of honor in the synagogue, and enjoyed the greetings they received in the streets.

Like the Pharisee who went up to the temple to pray, comparing himself and his goodness to his fellow man, finds contentment in himself, and is satisfied that he is doing enough. There is no humility to be found there.

However, when one seeks to follow the Lord, and sets his sights on becoming like his master, there is room for humility. For when we compare ourselves with Jesus Christ, there is no room for boasting of our accomplishments, but rather we see how far we have yet to go, and we find ourselves at the feet of He who is Mercy.

Today, let us place ourselves before the mercy of God, not comparing ourselves and deeds to the works of others, but rather to set our sights on Jesus, where our growth in holiness is the result of our being humbled at what heights we have yet to climb.

May God bless you.



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