"The proud courts ruin…"
It is tragically comical.
One listens to our conversations
and it is as if we are an almighty
We are always right!
One sees us conducting ourselves with
and very often we give the impression
we consider all and sundry as naught:
it is always the others who are at
we are not like them.
One notices our dealings with God,
and it is as if we want to dictate
what is best for us and for others.
It is perhaps time to look at our interior
and see this colossal stain of pride
is so all-pervading in our lives.
The issue with pride is
that pride, more than being just awful,
is a crooked and preposterous mania:
it forces us to expect too much from
it obliges us to put on a mask when
a mask that makes us look clever when
we can be dim-witted,
a mask of being good when truly we
a mask of being well-off when any times
a mask of being saints when in reality
And since we wear them all the tie,
we gradually start thinking that we
Pride, Jesus Christ tells us tersely,
makes us seek the first places
when really our place is the last one!
Just look at Jesus Christ…
He always kept his place!
He was born poor, grew up hidden,
He ate with sinners, mixed with lepers,
Found himself crucified between two
He ran after us as if he needed us,
He looked for us like the woman who
And because He kept consistently the
God lifted him up and gave him the
Since He humbled himself, God exalted
This is precisely why Jesus, wise as
invites us to keep our place.
First, because whatever we have is
that God gave us,
And if it is a gift, we can not boast
We have nothing by right
Second, because when we remove the
from our face
we discover that we are much worse
want to appear.
Even our friendships are a whole bargain:
I give you this much and you give me
Unconsciously we even exploit people
I shall do you a favour today expecting
I shall befriend you because basically
I lend you something in the hope
that when I need something from you,
will not hesitate to give it to me!
That is why one day Jesus Christ came
with a strange proposal.
When we are planning a meal,
He said, invite the lame, the poor,
and the blind,
And He gives us the rationale behind
They cannot return our good deed!
In this way perhaps we start loving
who can never love us back!
Keeping the last place is a sign of
and towards others and towards God!
"your Father who sees what is
secret, He will reward you."
His rewards, believe me, are much better
than what man can give!
"What is a human being, what purpose does
What is good and what is bad for him?
The length of his life: a hundred years
Like a drop of water from the sea,
or a grain
such are these few years compared with
This is why the Lord is patient with
He sees and recognises how wretched
and so he makes his forgiveness the
Human compassion extends to neighbours,
but the Lord's compassion extends to
Rebuking, correcting and teaching,
bringing them back as a shepherd brings
He has compassion on those who accept
and who fervently search for his judgements."
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