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Honoring God Inside and Out

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

“Woe to you …” (Luke 11:47-54)

Jesus had been invited to eat at the home of a Pharisee. During the evening, a discussion developed about the Pharisee’s spiritual life and his good actions. Jesus clearly gave the group at this dinner party examples of when the Pharisees and the Scribes fell short honoring God. Jesus could have been talking to me. I, like the Pharisees, put on an outward personality, but inwardly do I truly follow the steps to honor God? I tithe, but do I give of myself to others in ways that show I love my neighbor as myself? I say that all peoples are my brothers and sisters in Christ, but do I truly show love for them by helping those who need it the most. Do I harm God’s children when I gossip or stereotype? Do I stop and lend a hand like the Good Samaritan? Do I put others first, or do I believe I deserve the best (best hotel, best seat at the theatre and airline upgrades because I am a frequent customer). Would I want to invite Jesus to my house like this Pharisee to talk about how I am doing in my spiritual life? Not so much. When Jesus rebukes the Pharisees, He is talking to me. But Jesus also tells me that through Him all things are possible. Through HIM, I can overcome my weaknesses.

Heavenly Teacher and Comforter,

You have given me the paths to take.

Help me chose those paths that will bring me closer to You.

You have given me the tools to reach You.

Help me use them in ways that honor You

and show love for my brothers and sisters.

You have given me godly people in my life.

Help me listen to them. Amen.

Margie Smotherman RN, BSN, MA, PMP
Avera Call Center, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

Romans 3:21-30 ● Psalm 130:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6ab ● Luke 11:47-54

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