October 27, 2019
Ps 34:2-3, 17-19, 23 (with 7a)
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
ccc.usccb.org/cccradio/NABPodcasts/2019/19_10_27.mp3The LORD is a God of justice,
who knows no favorites.We humans very often take God or Divinity in worldly context and deal with him in Worldly way. Children very often impress or influence their human Fathers to gain somethings in their life. This kind of dealings can be seen in each and every area of the material World. We live our whole life pleasing others and live in a false sympathetic life. In fact the material World has derailed from the track of truth and dragging in a selfish and manipulated truth. The voice of our Conscience has corrupted with the selfishness and materialism and the word of God not valued or taken for granted .
As we reflect upon today’s liturgy , the Word of God reveals the light of truth on our false believes or false way of life. There two area we need to understand in today’s readings.
- Self Righteousness
- Mercy of God.
1.Self Righteousness: The real meaning of self righteousness is idolatry or making ourselves as God’s. We break the first commandment of the Ten Commandments. Satan rebelled against God with this attitude of self righteousness. The definition of self righteousness is – “an act done in self love”. If the motive of the action is anything other than self love or evil, it is an act of righteousness. We can not do right without the inspiration of the Holy spirit. Holy spirit shows the right and wrongs in our actions.If God’s Spirit does not dwell in our heart , our choices may go wrong with many voices of our self and of the things around us, thus we take decisions as per the voices of our self and of the World and live a false life.
Righteous life is God guided , putting God in our drivers seat and follow him in humility and love. The self righteous life is we sit on the drivers seat and try to drive our life to the best of our knowledge of the truth in self love and ego. We do many acts which we think by doing them we will become righteous or good or holy but the fact is these very acts of ours, take us away from real truth and put us in a dilemma or Pride and materialism.
The righteousness can not even be sensed without mercy. The humility and forgiveness in prayer is the first step to be justified as righteous . Righteousness is not a product or award which can be attained in sacrifice , dedication and discipline. Righteousness is a free gift of God who approach him in mercy , forgiveness and humility. It is not important in which state or way of life we are living but it is important , how and whom we approach for mercy. Because God’s mercy and righteousness is free without any condition for all those who trust in him.
2. Mercy of God : The mercy of God is Salvation itself, when we repent for our sins and approach for mercy of God , God gives us his righteousness . The God’s righteousness are the Be attitudes , Jesus gave us in the sermon on the mount. At this stage we experience the true love of the Father, the Holy spirit. We recognize and feel him in faith, praise, worship and in our day today routines. We have one more companion who is with us in every situation to tell us what to do and how and what to pray. When we listen to him , our actions become righteous and right before God because they have been directed by God’s Spirit. Those who live in the mercy of God , live a life in the Spirit of God. The self righteous people can not be led by the spirit because the Spirit of God does not dwell in them.
Prayer is a medium to approach God in humility and forgiveness. Daily personal prayer and Eucharist is the best way to renew our Baptismal commitments to love him alone. A self righteous person can not pray , if at all they pray, their prayer is self seeking and of selfish motives and not God centered and spirit led , these prayers are the product of pride and selfishness. God does not listen to these people unless they change their attitude and look for his mercy in sincerity of heart.