It is 29th October 2016. The readings are from Philippians 1:18-26; and the Gospel is from Luke 14:1, 7-11. St. Paul expresses his desire to complete the mission of spreading the gospel by all means as he faced death while being a prisoner in chains. We solely live in order to evangelize Christ. We too cannot complete the pilgrimage on earth without announcing and living the Gospel of Christ. Working for Christ is the daily communion and encounter with Jesus through His Words. Christ is the meaning and reason for our existence and happiness. Since we enjoy this happiness in Christ, we have the responsibility to share with others. What we have not experienced in Christ cannot be shared with empty words. The responsorial Psalm prays, “My soul is thirsting for God, the God of my life.” (Ps.41:3). The Gospel talks about the virtue of humility that pleases the heart of God. The world in us and around us is so greedy to occupy the best seats by any means; whether we are religious or lay person, we seek attention and to be noticed by holding the first and best positions possibly. It is so human to be recognised and loved. But it has to happen in an environment of humility of hearts. When one pursues the honourable places and positions by force and evil means, it not only harms the person and also depriving the other what they truly deserve. Humility is to let in someone to take his or her rightful place. It is not the place and honour before people that so important for a believer but the place before God is that matters. Where are we in the matters related to God and the church? Are we so humble that we take the last seats and responsibilities in serving God and God’s church? “For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Lk. 14:11). Let us serve God and God’s church untiringly without complaining, arguing and finding fault. Let us be a humble contributor rather than a constant complainer. May you have a good day.

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