Posted by: livingscripture | November 3, 2014

Thirty-first Monday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Humbly regard others as more important than yourselves.”

 (Philippians 2: 3)             

How should we live this Word washing feet

Since last week, we have been reading the Letter to the Philippians and we will continue this week as well.  This Letter was written during Paul’s first imprisonment.  It speaks of the most difficult time of Paul’s life when he experienced extreme misunderstanding and abandonment.  Yet, he did not fall into depression but rather reached the humble acknowledgment of the relativity of all things and how each person in an instrument in God’s hands.  We are not passive instruments, but active and aware, who freely hand ourselves over to God.  For this reason, we are abandoned to a movement beyond our strength – that of God’s will, of the power of His Spirit that breathes where it will and brings us where we do not know.

From that prison, Paul writes to his beloved Philippians, the only ones who continue to send him signs of affection.  He shares with them the best part of his experience.  Paul has discovered the only way to come before others: by abasing himself, placing himself at their feet, considering them superior, more important.  Paul had not participated in the washing of the feet by Jesus at the last Supper but the image of Jesus with an apron like a servant had impressed his soul.  This image revolutionized his way of conceiving relationships.  Everything changes if one looks at another from below, because receiving one in this posture with love not only dismantles resistances but allows the most intimate revelations and expressions of the best intentions and dispositions.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I shall ask Jesus to help me nourish the sentiments described by Paul so that I may form healthy and positive relationships with everyone. 

Lord, give me humility that helps me look kindly at others, accept weaknesses, cultivate expectations and desires, and place myself completely in Your hands. 

The voice of Psalm 38

Do not forsake me O Lord, my God; do not be far from me.  Come quickly to help me, Lord, my Salvation.

 

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