September 21, 2020
I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
The spirituality of Sacrifice and spirituality of mercy are contrast spirituality to each other. A person may say I have sacrificed my entire life for the Works of God and other person may say I live on the providence of God. To understand both the spirituality we have to reflect upon the Parable of Prodigal Son . If we analyse characteristics of the eldest Son and the prodigal son we see Prodigal Son was a sinner and did everything possible breaking all the Ten Commandments of God and committed a mortal Sin a permanent state being away from the presence of God but the eldest Son kept all the Ten Commandments and remained in the presence of God. At the end of the parable the Prodigal Son seeks mercy and Eldest Son claims his righteousness. There was great feast at Fathers house but eldest Son refuses to enter in to Fathers House and remains outside but Prodigal Son enjoys the presence and Son ship of his Father .
The Spiritual poverty comes from from Humility and simplicity of our heart. Sin drags a person away from self righteousness , it is good to be tempted by the Evil in our weakness than being a self God of our life. Righteousness develops spiritual Pride or Self Righteous behavior which always tries to correct others or act like a checkmate or feel Superior to others on the Word of God and Commandments of God. A Spiritually poor always reflects his Weakness and accepts himself as a Sinner and becomes a friend of other Sinner and help him to love and serve in his Weakness. All saints always felt themselves greatest sinners of this Earth. A Sacrifice or Tapasya made to attain Heaven or Moksha is an act of self righteousness and does not benefit the soul to attain Salvation. Salvation comes from the mercy of God and to receive this mercy we must be poor in our Spiritual attitude. Man is at the receiving end and can not be at the giving end because Man receives from the hands of God and gives it to others. Man has been made a good steward of the Earth and not the Master of the Earth.
Mercy acknowledges God’s greatness and generosity but Sacrifice competes with Gods power and generosity. If we are gifted or generous to make ourselves as God’s then we are in the Self righteous attitude. Today the entire World in the hands of Self Righteous attitude and call them self Godly, Heavenly, Charitable, Christian so on but Jesus calls these people Hypocrites and self Righteous. St. Paul says if we use our gifts to build the Church or build my Neighbor we finish the Work of Salvation and become true members or stewards to Master this universe through the grace, power and mercy of God.
Prayer : Lord take everything which is related to self righteousness in my life.amen.