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RYM Daily Lenten Moment

Day 14 : 'Humble Hearts'

I do like some pie at times - especially steak pie served with a healthy dose of chips and veg ; or even hot apple pie with ice cream.

Allow me to ponder and salivate at that thought for a moment! Mmm.

I'm not so keen however on eating that other type of pie - you may know it as i do -'humble pie'.

So often in our lives we have to get down from our lofty elevated positions of self-righteousness and admit that we are wrong - even when it pains us to say it.

It's all too easy for us to think we are better than we are, that we are superior to others, and that we know better than everyone else.

In today's Gospel (Matthew 23:1-12), we hear that 'anyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself will be exalted.'

C.S Lewis once wrote that 'Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less'

Obedience to God begins with humility.

So let us approach the Lord this Lent with 'humble and contrite hearts' asking forgiveness for the times we place ourself on a pedestal; for the times we judge others as being 'beneath us' or inferior to us ; and for the times we expect others to satisfy our every want and need.

Today let us really try to see the 'face of Christ' in everyone we meet.

Perhaps only then we will give them the love, respect, and compassion that every single person deserves.

Let us make a personal commitment to 'act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly' with our God.

Paul Murphy

Coordinator of Redemptorist Youth Ministry