Posted by: livingscripture | September 1, 2013

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

(Luke 14: 11)

            

How should we live this Word?John points

These words erupt into our life like a sentence that uncovers and corrects some of our tremendous propensities that always place us at the centre of attention, seeking admiration and praise.  In order to persuade us of the foolishness of this way of being, Jesus narrated a parable right before these words.

It arises from the penetrating observations Jesus makes while seated at a meal.  He sees the guests as they arrive and immediately choose the first places at table.  His Word blasts this arrogant pretence and shows its stupidity and inanity.  He invites everyone to choose the last place.

With this brief wisdom story, Jesus invites each of us to enter with simplicity into the truth of ourselves.  Who can truly affirm to be very good, optimum, better than anyone else?  Who, before God, and in one’s own conscience, can truly compare self to others with a judgement that is implicitly negative in regard to them?  No one can do this!

The meaning of choosing the last place is an invitation to humility as the simple contestation that leads me to say, I am not alive to boast, but rather to sing joyfully that even without honours and gratifications of any kind, my life is beautiful where I am called to serve with love.

Today in my time of contemplation, I will contemplate Jesus who came to serve and to offer His life for me. 

Lord, give me the grace of understanding the importance of humility and of thanking You when I have the opportunity to practice this virtue.  

The Voice of James Matthew Barrie 

Life is a long lesson in humility.

 

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