Friday, March 8, 2013

A Humbled Heart Does It, Not Sacrifice

What do we bring into and take out from this world that really matters? We know God does not desire sacrifice, that is, the mere offering of the ritual sacrifice without the good inner dispositions won't be adequate. Only an offering with a genuine contrite spirit and a humbled heart will do it.  Nothing else. . . not our victim attitude nor our self-righteousness of deluded doings, having and bribing.
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Lord, you will open my lips; and my mouth will proclaim your praise. For you do not desire sacrifice or I would give it; a burnt offering you would not accept. My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit; a contrite, humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn. - Ps 51:17-19
Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity — greedy, dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’ But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’ I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Lk 18:9-14)

I Was Here! I lived. I loved. I gave my all so that others may live!


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