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Lk 19:1-10 October 31, 2010

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The gospel today is about a tax collector called Zaccheus.  He was very rich.  When Jesus went to Jericho, he was curious and he wanted to see what Jesus was like.  He was very short so he had to climb a sycamore tree to see Jesus.  Everybody was surprised to see that Jesus came up to him and said that he wanted to go to Zaccheus’ house.  Then, the other people were angry because they thought that Zaccheus was a bad man and Jesus shouldn’t go to him.  But, he said that he gave half of what he owns is given to the poor and that he repays the people he has cheated with four times as much.

I suppose the gospel is trying to communicate to us that it’s okay to be rich.  We just have to be committed to God and follow what He is trying to teach us.  We have to give back at least some of what we have been given.  After all, it is through His grace that we actually have nice stuff to begin with.  Zaccheus may be a sinner, he recognizes and acknowledges that as a fact.  But, he does many good things too.  He shares his blessings to the less fortunate and he always repays the people he has wronged.  The best thing about him is that even if he actually is a sinner, and all the people around him hate him, he is still devoted to God.  I think we should all follow his example.

-Kathrine Lorenzena N. Saniel

 

Reflection [Luke 18:9-14] October 25, 2010

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The gospel last Sunday was about two individuals who went to the temple. They were the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. The Pharisee went in front of the temple and prayed. He thanked God that he was a good Christian and ennumerated all his good deeds. He was very thankful that he was not like the tax collector. The tax collector on the other hand just quietly went to the side of the temple. He had no gifts to offer. He only prayed that God have mercy on him, a sinner. At the end of the day it was the tax collector who was exulted by God.

Now there was no villain in this parable. The Pharisee wasn’t an evil man for saying what he said. If fact he was only telling the truth. He was a good Christian and he did do good things. He went to the temple with good intentions. The Pharisee simply forgot one little thing. Amidst all this praising he forgot that, though he might have done many wondrous things, he was still a sinner. He was still human and an imperfect being. The tax collector who understood that. He knew fully well that he was a sinner. He knew and remembered that he has sinned. That was why God exulted him.

The gospel talked about how we should be HUMBLE. No matter how good we are, we are still sinners. We should not compare ourselves to others because we have no right to say that we are better than others. We should also remember that pride is a sin, a very bad sin. Once you start being proud, it will simply become a habit of yours to praise yourself and all that you do. You won’t be able to stop it. So be humble. Remember that we are sinners and that we need God to save us.

[Shasta Grace D. Tiro]

 

 

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The gospel yesterday is about being humble. At first the Pharisee was a god person until he just described the tax collector. The Pharisee may be a good person, he hasn’t committed sins, he fasts twice, but just describing the tax collector with those negative words was wrong. Though the tax collector does bad things, but he never judged, not even the Pharisee whom offended him. The tax collector knew he was a sinner, and he was ashamed of that. We should be humble too. The Pharisee judged the tax collector as things that he saw, but he never actually heard the tax collector’s side of the story. The Pharisee doesn’t know why the tax collector does all those things but still he judged him like he knew everything. We should not judge a person easily without knowing him completely. We usually judge others at first glance, and when we get to know them more, we get ashamed for saying those words in our mind. It usually turns out the different way. The tax collector was ashamed of going near the temple for he knew that he was a sinner, but still he asked forgiveness. And he was being humble.

Maica Mari Hannen Concepcion

 

Humble Yourself In The Lord’s Presence For His Presence Is Everywhere

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Luke 18:9-14

The gospel yesterday was about humbling yourself before God and rest of humanity. The pharisee prayed and thanked that he was not like the rest of the world; extortioners, unjust, adulterers he sees himself as above all humanity. He think highly of himself. He thinks that he’s better than all the rest. He also believes that he is fully committed to his faith; fasting twice a day, with this he thinks that he is deserving of God’s love. While the tax collector did not dare go near the temple nor did he look up to the sky. The tax collector showed humility, knowing that he was a sinner he was ashamed and felt unworthy of God’s presence and audience. We should all show the same kind of attitude in our lives. We shouldn’t be like the pharisee. We shouldn’t judge other people because there is only one Lawgiver and Judge and that is God himself. You can’t call yourself just, if there is only one who’s just. You can’t call yourself Holy, if there is only one who is holy. If you want to impress God then we should renounce ourselves. In other words we have to disregard our own opinion and humbly accept God’s Judgment. We become humble when we accept the fact that we are nothing but dust in the presence of the Lord. The Lord made us from dust and to dust shall we return. God showed us humility through example. He lowered his Divinity to our human form. God does not despise those who are proud, he will resist until they become humble once more. When you’re humble you will always find a reassuring welcome in the love of his heart.

-Glenn Dale M. Desquitado-

 

Humble Yourself In The Lord's Presence For His Presence Is Everywhere

Humble Yourself In The Lord's Presence For His Presence Is Everywhere

 

THE PHARISSE AND THE TAX COLLECTOR..

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Luke 18:9-14

          The Pharisees were very determined to fulfill God’s law. They fasted often and did many works of mercy. Unfortunately, they took the credit for such a model life. They thought they no longer needed God’s mercy because their good deeds would force Him to reward them. On the other hand, the tax collector recognizes he is a sinner towards God and people. All he can do is to ask pardon. He is in the truth and in the grace of God when he goes home. Jesus speaks for those who are fully convinced of their own righteousness. However, in many places, great importance is given to the exterior acts of a just man, and for the Pharisees as for any religious group which is at the same time a party or a social group, the members of the group considered themselves as good people.

          Jesus invites us to humility if we want to acquire the only righteousness which counts in God’s eyes, for it is not a matter of acquiring it by means of merit and religious practices, but receiving it rather as a gift from God destined for those who want his pardon and holiness. It is not by chance that this parable is in the Gospel of Luke, disciple of Paul. Paul the converted Pharisee, constantly dwells on what is the true justice of a Christian. What God wants for us is so great that we shall never buy it with religious practices or good works, but to those who trust God, God gives all.

(Steffany Ann G. Caiban)

 

To be or not to be the Pharisee. . .

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At first glance, we might think that the Pharisee would be a great role model for every Christian; he’s wasn’t greedy, dishonest or adulterous. He stuck to the rules and never disobeyed one. He even fasts twice a week and pay tithes on his whole income! But that’s the trick! The idea in every game show. You thought he was doing all good but then, think again. He pretended to be humble in his prayer to God but his prayer clearly showed his boastfulness about himself. With such achievements, he assumes that God already adores him, that God will give him the crown of righteousness. He thinks that because he did everything that God wants he would already be given a seat in heaven.

The tax collector would seem like the bad guy now. He gets an unreasonable amount of money to his fellow Jews and gives them to the oppressing Romans. Everybody must really hate him and his awful way of living. With all this happening, the tax collector begs for mercy to the Lord and states out all his sins. He prays “o God, be merciful to me a sinner”.

Of the two men, the tax collector would be exalted by God, because he had in himself genuine humility. The Pharisee thinks that if he does all these things, God would think that he is righteous and all. But he doesn’t do it for love or mercy but rather so that he could get to the price. And to top it all off, he “proudly enumerates” the good things that he has done. They may be good but they weren’t from the heart. Then here is this tax collector that seems to all be wrong, he hardly thinks that God would accept him at all. This man humbles himself and has great fear with the Lord. He respects him and asks forgiveness for all the things that he has done whole heartedly. He knows that he isn’t doing a pretty good job and begs Him to have mercy on him.

“At this point it is good to relate what the apostle Paul wrote to timothy from prison. He affirmed that God is a just god who awards the crown of righteousness not only to the faithful, but more importantly to those who wait and long for God. So in worship let us wait on God, long for God, open to him alone.”  

Denise Jan F. Valerio

 

Lk18:9-14 October 24, 2010

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The gospel today was about humility.  There were two people who went to church, a Pharisee and a tax collector.  The Pharisee was thanking God, and he was advertising the fact that he fasts twice a week and he gives a tenth of his income to the church.  The tax collector just said sorry to God for being a sinner.  The gospel said that the tax collector was the one doing the right thing because ‘whoever makes himself out to be great will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be raised’.

The Pharisee was wrong to assume that he already had God’s approval in all the things that he did.  Although he lived a model life and he did many good things, that does not mean that he does not need God’s mercy.  We shouldn’t assume that if we just do lots of good things, God will be forced to reward us.  If we want to do the right thing, we should first admit that we do wrong things, and we should admit that we are sinners and we are not at all perfect.  We should recognize the fact that we sin all the time, either to Him or to the people around us.  The only thing we can do is ask God for his forgiveness and be humble in everything that we do.  We should just try to do better and try harder to be good.  This doesn’t mean that it’s okay to sin all the time.  The gospel is just trying to communicate to us that we are just humans and we have to realize that.

-Kathrine Lorenzena N. Saniel