Self-Improvement

First Reading: 2 Chr 24:17-25

Psalm: Ps 89:4-5, 29-30, 31-32, 33-34

Gospel: Mt 6:24-34

People are fond of ranking the quality and worth of objects, places, and especially other people: “Top Ten” lists abound listing individuals in a hierarchy measured against everything from looks, to influence, to personal wealth — it can seem there are hundreds of barometers out there, and thousands of people measuring you against their personal scales of value. Sometimes we’re tempted to play the game as well: maybe we would be better people if we were more successful, looked whiter, or had a more attractive partner.

While it is seldom wrong to seek self-improvement, we must not confuse our capacity for improvement as an indication that we are not in ourselves already priceless and unique. Worry not about the hierarchies of the world: are we not made in the image of God? Anyone who uses the earmarks of earthly success as the sole measure of worth
forgets the words of Jesus. Surely life is more than food, and the body more than clothing! When we see the cross, we should not only think of our sins, but the fact that despite these, God found us worth dying for. We have always and we will always top all His lists.

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