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“But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position; and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away” (James 1:9-10).

Too many in this world act as though they have earned what they have. But St. Paul asks: “what do you have that you did not receive?”  The one born in a third world country is not getting what they deserve any more than someone born in a rich country is being rewarded.  That thinking belongs to the Hindus who say that we are reincarnated according to deeds in a past life.  It is not of the Lord.  The Lord has created us and placed us where He has placed us according to His will.

Lord, help me understand that I am influenced by this world and how it thinks.  Let me listen to the pure word You give me so that I may know that only in You is there hope and a future.  Lead me, Lord, into Your truth as I look forward in hope, no matter my circumstances, to Your goodness in eternity.  Lead me, Lord, according to Your will into the right way of thinking about all circumstances.

Thank You Lord Jesus for giving me all the grace I need.  Lead me according to Your will so that I do not look to where you have placed me, except, perhaps, in the waters of my own baptism.  Lead me in the right way Lord so that I would now and always be guided by You and not my ideas of how to think about things.  Give me humility in the knowledge that You are making of me a child of the Father.  Amen.

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