Saturday 9 March 2024

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St Frances of Rome

Hosea 5:15-6:6. It is steadfast love, not sacrifice, that God desires – Psalm 50(51):3-4, 18-21. Luke 18:9-14.

Grace of humility

The prophet Hosea reminds us to press on and know the Lord; a lovely injunction to keep doing our best to renew our relationship with God. This links into the parable of the tax collector and the Pharisee in Luke’s Gospel and the notion of humility. The thing about our relationship with God is that we know he can see through all our excuses and denials, pettiness and arrogance. We cannot hide our true selves from him. In the parable we are reminded that it is not the public self that God cares about but what is in our true hearts, done quietly and without pretension. This is not to say there is not the odd occasion where we can be proud of what we have done and be acknowledged for this, but it reminds us that faith cannot be quantified by external trappings or actions or how much we have, own or our social status. There is a certain grace in humility and just as God sees the sparrows in the field, he sees the garden of our souls and the faith that flourishes there.

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