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A master observed that a novice was involved in many kinds of service and all
kinds of good works. The master asked the novice, "Why do you do so many good
works?"

"Because I am trying to make myself acceptable to God," the novice asked.

The master set a tile before the novice, and began to polish it.

"What are you doing?", the novice asked.

"I am polishing this tile, to make it into a mirror."

"You can't make a tile into a mirror by polishing it!", the novice protested.

"And neither can you make yourself acceptable to God by good works," the master
answered.



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