Matthew 23: 1-12
Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
I will give true Christian witness at home, at school or at work.
Matthew 23: 1-12
Dear Lord, I
believe in you because you became man in order to reveal the Father’s love and the way your
followers should live. I hope in you because you have promised to be with us until the end of time.
I love you because you died in order to give me life.
Petition: Lord, help me to grow in my Christian identity and
1. Practice What You Preach:
The world needs witnesses more than it needs teachers. It’s easy to remind others how things
should be done; it is much harder to give witness of an authentic Christian life. One thing is
content, and the other is personal example. When someone tells us the truth, we should accept it –
even if that person doesn’t live the truth he preaches. Our following the truth should not depend on
whether or not others live it. And, if we find ourselves in a position in which we have the
responsibility of preaching or teaching catechism, we should sincerely try to live up to the
doctrine that we preach, which is not ours but God’s.
2. Being Christian: In his
epistle to the Romans, St. Ignatius of Antioch stated the importance of truly being Christian, not
just being called one: “Only request in my behalf both inward and outward strength, that I may not
only speak, but truly will; and that I may not merely be called a Christian, but really found to be
one. For if I be truly found a Christian, I may also be called one, and be deemed faithful.”
Christianity does not consist in living our faith in an external or merely formal way, as the
Pharisees lived their religion, but in loving God to the point of showing that love in our personal
and public behavior. We should avoid in our behavior that which we deplore in others. To be truly
Christian, it is necessary to strive to think, want, desire and love as Jesus
3. Being Humble: It’s all
a matter of being humble. Once, St. Bernard of Clairvaux compared the proud man to the top of a
snow-capped mountain at the beginning of spring and the humble man to the valley below. The melting
snow, which is God’s grace, cannot flow upwards to the proud man: Through his attitude (he thinks he
is at God’s level), he has put himself in a position in which he is incapable of receiving God’s
grace. On the other hand, the humble man, since he is at the bottom of the mountain, fully receives
the water of God’s grace, and therefore he can bear abundant fruit. Only the humble man can be truly
in contact with God and let God’s grace work miracles in his life.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, help me to value my
Christian identity. I know that to live in a Christian way does not come naturally to anyone. It can
come only with your light and grace. Give me the grace to contemplate you more deeply, so that you
can be the standard for my actions and reactions.
Resolution: I will give true Christian witness at home, at school or at