March 9, Saturday Lenten Weekday
It is mercy I desire, and not sacrifice. — Psalm 51 (see Hosea 6:6)
Mass Readings: Hosea 6:1-6/Luke 18:9-14
Today’s Gospel on humility reminded me of a woman dying of brain cancer who had one final wish: to hear a song played on a Native American flute. Our priest asked if I could do that for her. “Of course,” I said. I was glad to use my talents to bring this woman a bit of joy in her final days.
I confidently strutted down the hall toward her room, thinking to myself, “God has chosen me to carry out this important work!” How quickly the sand shifted under my feet. I was awestruck and humbled by the faith of this dying woman. At the end of our visit, she made a comment I’ll never forget: “If I’ve done anything good in this life,” she said, “it’s because the Maker has given me the ability to do it.”
Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive me for being arrogant.
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