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A Supreme Medicine for Pride

Christ Example of Humbleness

Jun 29, 2009


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Opening Meditation

Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to the cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.

*Hymn, "Rock of Ages," Stanza 3; Word, Augustus M. Toplady, 1740-1778.

Sacred Scripture

21Out of your heart come evil thoughts, vulgar deeds, stealing, murder, 22unfaithfulness in marriage, greed, meanness, deceit, indecency, envy, insults, pride, and foolishness. 23All of these come from your heart, and they are what make you unfit to worship God.

*Mark 7.21-23 (CEV)

Sacred Teaching

One day a bishop knelt before the altar and, in an outburst of religious fervor, began to beat his breast and exclaim, "I'm a sinner, have mercy on me! I'm a sinner, have mercy on me!"

The local priests, inspired by this example of humility, fell on his knees beside the bishop and began to beat his breast and say, "I'm a sinner, have mercy on me! I'm a sinner, have mercy on me!"

The sexton who happened to be in church at the time was so moved he could not constrain himself. He too fell on his knees, beat his breast, and cried out, "I'm a sinner, have mercy on me!"

Whereupon the bishop nudged the priest and, pointing toward the sexton, said with a smile, "Look who thinks he's a sinner!"

Even in our religious, or spiritual lives, we can use such as another expression of prideful self-focus.

*Anthony de Mello. Taking Flight.

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When we believe that God was made man to be for us an example of humility and to demonstrate God's love for us, our thought is formed by this knowledge. It is good for us to believe and to keep steadfastly unshaken in our hearts that the humility whereby God was born a woman and shamefully brought by mortal men to death is the supreme medicine to heal the swelling of our pride and the exalted mystery that can loose the shackles of sin.

*St. Augustine. Augustine of Hippo: Selected Writings. "On the Trinity." Trans. Mary T. Clark. In "The Classic of Western Spirituality."

Quietly Responding

1) What are different ways that pride manifests in our attitudes? Actions? Relationships?

2) Prayerfully ask the Spirit to show you any way in which pride is manifesting in your life. Pray for Spirit to heal you of that manifestation of pride.

Blessings! In Christ!
Rev Dr Brian K Wilcox
June 29, 2009
barukhattah@embarqmail.com

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