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dc.contributor.authorWaldron, Maureen McCannen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 424en_US
dc.description.abstractA friend of mine talks about his grandmother, an immigrant from Ireland. She never gave compliments saying that her loved ones didn't need to be "getting a big head." Her attitude might sound harsh, but it wasn't from a lack of love or awareness of an accomplishment. Perhaps she simply felt that she could help her family best by teaching them humility.||Jesus is less blunt about humility in today's gospel, but his message is a caution about living our lives in truth. He wanted us to understand about the self-important Pharisees who preached one message, but lived another. The message they spoke was a good one, but was lost in the reality of how they lived their lives. Places of honor at banquets, showy prayer shawls and public privileges all contributed to their smugness and a lack of compassion for those they taught. They dictated a heavy burden of complicated rules and guidelines for honoring God, but the Pharisees themselves didn't even follow them. It might have gotten lost in the splendid shuffle of being at the center of attention.|It's not that we have to see something wrong with places of honor or privileges, but those things can fill our heads with a confused set of values, leading us away from the real message of Jesus. "The greatest among you will be the one who serves the rest," he says in today's gospel. It's that simple. Serving our brothers and sisters is more important than anything else we do because it's what Jesus asks us to do and how he asks us to live.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Saturday, August 26, 2000: 20th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitUniversity Ministryen_US
dc.program.unitCollaborative Ministryen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorWaldron, Maureen McCannen_US Timeen_US 20en_US
dc.subject.local1Ezekiel 43:1-7aben_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 85:9ab, 10, 11-12, 13-14en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 23:1-12en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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