Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Blessed Jerome: Forsake the World's Praise and Clothe Yourself in Righteousness

From the Holy Gospel According to St. Mark 12:38-39 (NRSV)

As HE taught, HE said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets!"

Don't fish for compliments, lest you defy GOD while you are applauded . ...For CHRIST's soldiers march on through good talk on the right hand and evil talk on the left. No praise excites them. No criticism crushes them. They aren't puffed up by riches nor do they withdraw because of poverty. They despise both joy and sorrow. The sun doesn't burn them during the day nor the moon by night. Don't pray on the street corners for fear that human applause would interrupt the straight course of your prayers. Don't flaunt your fringes, wear phylacteries for show, or wrap yourself in the self-interest of the Pharisees. Do you know what kind of dress the LORD requires? Wisdom, justice, self-control, courage. Let these be the four edges of your horizon. Let them be a four-horse team to carry you, CHRIST's charioteer, to your goal at full speed. No necklace can be more precious than these. No gems can form a brighter galaxy. You are decorated by them, you are fastened in, you are protected on every side. They are your defense as well as your glory. For every gem is turned into a shield. --Blessed Jerome

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