From Esker: Greetings and a great Thanks to the folks here, from the Crescent Comprehensive School in Limerick, during the week for a ‘Kairos’ training event. You were an inspiration to all of us in Esker! Remember: Don’t keep the Faith! Give it away! Fr. Seamus.
This week’s reflection is by Sarah Kelly. The Gospel Reading read to us today is from Luke 18:9-14. Find it in your Bible, or missal, or click here. Note how the first Reading relates so much to the Gospel of today. You can also watch the Gospel story on Youtube here.
Have you ever read something that stopped you dead in your tracks? Made you pause and reflect and cause a certain change within your heart and mind? Today’s Gospel is most definitely one of those reads.
It made me re-assess myself, it forced me to look at myself in a way I never have before. I had to think about, who I was in light of the Gospel. What is Jesus trying to communicate to me? A lot of things came to mind, and I thought I can associate with the tax collector, but more often than not, I am the Pharisee. And this is not an easy thing to admit. It is never easy to have your faults displayed so openly, as if someone put a mirror in front of you and showed you as what you really are. This mirror is unlike any other, this mirror is Jesus, and He can see you for what you are; there is no way to trick or cod him. There are times that I find myself judging others for ridiculous things, but who am I to judge?
I make no excuses. I am aware of my sinfulness, and that is what this Gospel is reminding us of. As it says “for whoever make themselves out to be great will be humbled, and whoever humble themselves will be raised”. If you want to read something before the Sacrament of Reconciliation, this should be the passage. As you reflect on its words, you are made aware of the necessity to constantly turn to God and repent and to realise just how much you need Him.
Dear friends, I read a quote recently that said “if you can kneel before God, you can stand before anyone”. And this certainly rings true. People are easy to deceive, but God however is not one of these people. But, unlike people, He forgives fully, and completely wipes away all your sins, because with the Lord “there is mercy and plentiful redemption”.
Always be aware of your sins, sometimes you can be tricked into thinking that they are not there at all. Turn to Jesus in prayer today and ask Him to heal you and to have mercy on you. He will never let you down.
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