The Reflection in the Mirror

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office

Psalm 38 (Morning)
Psalm 119:25-48 (Evening)
Amos 8:1-14
Revelation 1:17-2:7
Matthew 23:1-12

The Reflection in the Mirror

Today’s readings remind of the lyrics in an old song: “Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way…”

Merriam-Webster defines humble as one who is not haughty. And one who is haughty is blatantly and disdainfully proud: having or showing an attitude of superiority and contempt for people or things perceived to be inferior.

Matthew warns his readers to “listen to what the Pharisees teach and to follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach” He points out that when carefully observed, the Pharisees are more concerned with their station in life – having a place of honor at banquets and synagogues or being seen and noticed in the marketplaces. Being in a place of power is heady stuff and possibly more intoxicating than your favorite adult beverage. This feeling can take you from an honorable place of teaching, helping, or serving others to a haughty place with an attitude of superiority that takes over.

We see this playing out in our national headlines. Good men and women, that take on very public roles, probably all want to help make their communities, state, or nation a better place. But for some, the humbleness of serving shifts. The need to be seen, be noticed, be recognized and be remembered for greatness takes over. Even Jesus’ disciples stumbled in this area, asking for a place of honor.

Matthew can be our guide. He is insistent. “The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.” So, the next time you look in the mirror, see God’s love and remember that this same love is for all people.

Written by Susie Norys

Susie is a lifelong Episcopalian, loves being mom to Sarah and Jack and is enjoying the “empty nest” years with her husband, Jim. Falling into education as a second career, she is passionate about the early childhood years and currently works for Arkansas State University Childhood Services providing training and assistance to our NWA preschool teachers and programs.

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