Matthew 23:1:12 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION (August 22, 2020)
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to this disciples, the teachers of the law and the Pharisees have sat down on the chair of Moses. So you shall do and observe all they say; but do not do us they do, for they do not do what they say. They tie up heavy burdens and load them on the shoulders of the people, but they do not even lift a finger to move them.
They do everything in order to be seen by people: they wear very wide bands of the law around their foreheads, and robes with large tassels. They enjoy the first places at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues, and they like being greeted in the marketplace, and being called ‘Master’ by the people.
But you, do not let yourselves be called Master because you have only one Master, and all of you are brothers and sisters. Neither should you call anyone on earth Father, because you have only one Father, he who is in heaven. Nor should you be called Leader, because Christ is the only Leader for you. Let the greatest among you be the servant of all. For whoever makes himself great shall be humbled and whoever humbles himself shall be made great.
POINTS OF REFLECTION
This bible reading told us that no one could be somebody by his own. A man could not call himself a master, a father or a leader different from what we usually hear from the different known organizations of today recognizing extra ordinary leadership skills of their leaders resulted to dramatic uplift of their company to a certain level.
Man could not be credited as the maker of his own, for if he does become perfectly self-conceited and righteous looking and considering no one but only himself. This would be a greatest disaster of oneself for only God is the master, the Father and the leader. The most one could be, is to become closer or less like him for no man worthy to become like God. Having a mind of becoming God is like Satan. Who is now in great trouble contaminating the whole world.
Valuing so much of one’s accomplishment without acknowledging the works of God in the person puts the person into the trouble of losing a good sense of the goodness of God. No one has the ability to see himself without a mirror. No one could be guided by himself alone regardless of how good he may be. God, in the presence of the Holy Spirit in us, is an able guide and should therefore be given the highest recognition and consideration as the maker of the person’s whole package of personality. Doing this is simply humbling oneself into the eyes of the Lord. It is then, the beginning of becoming great and an able servants of all for God says “those who humbled themselves shall become the greatest in his eyes”
Brothers and sisters, God is the personality maker. Whatever one may become, is not about counting all personal efforts, but reflecting on how great is the Lord in you throughout the years.