May the Lord fill you with grace and bless you with health and happiness. It is 28th August 2022. We celebrate 22nd Sunday of the ordinary time. We reflect on Ecclesiasticus 3:19-21, 30-31; Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24; and Luke 14:1, 7-14.
Humility is the dignity of humanity. The more we lose it, the more we become inhumane.
The readings invite us to live by humility with which we were born. Humility is lost by ego, pride and trying to replace God in everything.
The author of the first reading stresses to a point that encourage us to be humble as we grow up not only physically but also in all levels. “The greater you are, the more you must humble yourself; so, you will find favor in the sight of the Lord.” Our greatness comes not by impressions we make but the way we express our love for the others. Our authentic self is constantly activated by our openness in learning from every tiny experience of life and every human being we encounter. The reading claims that God reveals God’s plans and secrets who those who are humble. Jesus wishes us to be meek and humble of heart in all our interactions.
Having our referential fear towards God is the expression of humility. Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” When we genuinely love God, we do not fear. We are the pilgrims of love, peace, and hope. Our journey need not be for ourselves. Let us accompany others leading them the Heaven. Our destination and desire must be reaching God and living with and for God.
Realizing our poverty and revitalizing the “For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” The invitation to table involves our core human attitude that is humility. When we become slaves to our egos, we get invited by ourselves, boast, and trumpet our achievements and what we possess, and gain attention. Our positions in life cannot alter our inner self. Ego and image boosting behaviours poisons the clean mindset of humility by time. Treating others regardless of their position, status, and power. We all need to seriously work on our attention-seeking behaviour but to submit ourselves in prayer by saying, “God be merciful to me, a sinner.”
We can continue to be humble by being closer to the poor, the afflicted, the left-out, the orphans and the elderly. Choosing the last and least will make us humble until we meet the Lord. May God help us to be the person God wants us to be. Let not wealth and money make us to neglect the poor in the community where we live. Charity strengthens the foundations of humility. God bless you. Enjoy the weekend being humble