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DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF SELF?

30 Mar

• “Everyone who humbles himself will be exalted.

• Gospel Reading: Luke 18:9-14

• The tax collector went home again at rights with God; the Pharisee did not. (v. 14)

• Self help books are all the rage. The emphasis, however, is always on the power of self, our ability to change ourselves. The Gospel knows all about change and transformation, but not by our own strength and will but by God’s grace and love. For sure we play our part. God does not take away our will. We have to work and co-operate with him. But true conversion is never simply a human work. It always involves the movement of a contrite heart, made open and receptive to respond to the merciful love of God who loved us first, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

• Father, conversion is your work. Help me seek you, moving with you and following the teachings of your Son, Jesus Christ. You are ‘My all in all’. Be close to me.

• Our Father…, Ten Hail Marys…, Glory be…

• Today my prayer is for…”
– This short meditation was published in “A Lenten Journey of Prayer for 2009” by AlivePublishing. For information about their booklets please visit http://www.alivepublishing.co.uk (external link).

 

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