March 13

Reflection

The way we treat people is a good index of the maturity of our faith.  Jesus treated others in a fully human way. He treated others with respect. He valued them as individuals and cared for them as persons. Every Gospel story is a revelation of God and an invitation to conversion. By looking at Jesus we can learn about the heart of God. Christianity should have a humanizing influence upon those who espouse its teachings and follow Jesus. Our faith encourages us to treat others as God treats us. There is no room, for prejudice, elitism or disrespect in Christianity.

Prayer

Help me. O Lord, to treat others with the same respect and compassion which you have shown to me.

Action

Examine your own views and prejudices and resolve not to act judgmentally or be quick to condemn others. Try to be objective in analyzing whom you exclude and why.

Suggested Reading

Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman
who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle.
They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught
in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?”
They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.
But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them,
“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders.
John 8: 1-11 

Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.
U Thant

We must build a new world, a far better world – one in which the eternal dignity of all is respected.
Harry S. Truman

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.
Jesse Jackson 

Prejudice is a form of untruthfulness, and untruthfulness is an insidious form of injustice.
Miroslav Volf

Feelings of superiority always stem from an illusion.
Marty Rubin 

We must be careful to avoid spiritual elitism. Everything we are and anything we possess as believers in Christ is a gift of grace. Pure hearts before God must be cleansed from any hint of spiritual pride.
Beth Moore

 

 

 

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