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Friday, 23 October 2009 17:39

W hat is true humility and why should we make it a characteristic mark of our life and action? True humility is not feeling bad about yourself, or having a low opinion of yourself, or thinking of yourself as inferior to others. Humility is truth in self-understanding and truth in action. Viewing ourselves truthfully, with sober judgment, means seeing ourselves the way God sees us (Psalm 139:1-4).

 

Saturday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time

Romans 11:1-2a, 11-12, 25-29

Psalm 94:12-13a, 14-15, 17-18

L uke 14:1, 7-11  One sabbath when he went to dine at the house of a ruler who belonged to the Pharisees, they were watching him. (7) Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he marked how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, (8) "When you are invited by any one to a marriage feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest a more eminent man than you be invited by him; (9) and he who invited you both will come and say to you, `Give place to this man,' and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. (10) But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, `Friend, go up higher'; then you  will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. (11) For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

 

Meditation by Don Schwager

W ho wants to be last? Isn't it only natural to desire respect and esteem from others? Jesus' parable of the guests invited to the marriage feast probes our motives for seeking honor and position. Self-promotion is most often achieved at the expense of others! Jesus' parable reinforces the teaching of Proverbs: Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence or stand in the place of the great; for it is better to be told, "Come up here," than to be put lower in the presence of the prince (Proverbs 25:6-7).

 

What is true humility and why should we make it a characteristic mark of our life and action? True humility is not feeling bad about yourself, or having a low opinion of yourself, or thinking of yourself as inferior to others. True humility frees us from preoccupation with ourselves, whereas a low self-opinion tends to focus our attention on ourselves. Humility is truth in self-understanding and truth in action. Viewing ourselves truthfully, with sober judgment, means seeing ourselves the way God sees us (Psalm 139:1-4). A humble person makes a realistic assessment of himself or herself without illusion or pretense to be something he or she is not. The humble regard themselves neither smaller nor larger than they truly are. True humility frees us to be our true selves and to avoid despair and pride. A humble person does not have to wear a mask or put on a facade in order to look good to others, especially to those who are not really familiar with that person. The humble are not swayed by accidentals, such as fame, reputation, success, or failure.

 

Humility is the queen or foundation of all the other virtues because it enables us to view and judge ourselves correctly, the way God sees us. Humility leads to true self-knowledge, honesty, realism, strength, and dedication to give ourselves to something greater than ourselves. Humility frees us to love and serve others selflessly, for their sake, rather than our own. Paul the Apostles, gives us the  greatest example and model of humility in the person of Jesus Christ, who emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, ...who humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:7-8). The Lord Jesus gives grace to those who seek him humbly. Do you want to be a servant as Jesus served?

 

"Lord Jesus, you became a servant for my sake to set me free from the tyranny of sin, selfishness, and conceit. Help me to be humble as you are humble and to love freely and graciously all whom you call me to serve."

 

 

Supplementary Reading

yES, No AND WAIT

 

And I tell you, ask and you will receive. – Luke 11:9

 

E very time we go to a mall, I ask my kids to pray to Jesus that we may get a good parking slot. So far, they have a batting average of 100%. There are times that we have to wait for a few minutes but we always get something we’re thankful for. During our evening prayers, we also ask them to pray for our needs, dreams and plans, as well as for healing, good health for us and our dear ones.

I used to think that I should not pray to God for material things, thinking that it smacks of materialism and would be turned down. In retrospect, my not asking limited the capability and generosity of God. I had boxed Him inaccurately.

When I realized my mistake and acknowledged that He is the God of the Impossible, I stormed heaven with prayers for all my needs.

Did God answer all my prayers? I am still waiting for that dream house and self-sustaining income resource that will make me financially free. And my becoming a millionaire by 35 has been scratched off my list (I am 39 now). But the car and promotion came, as well as many others. Little things and big, bring them to the Lord. Ask and He gives. -- Jun Asis

 

REFLECTION:

Have I been stingy in my prayers?

 

Lord, no prayer is too little or too big for You. I offer at Your feet all my needs and desires, to grant if You so will it.

 

 

 

 

Thought of the Day

The vast possibilities of science and technology are able to alleviate sufferings, and to mitigate famines. Indispensable though they may be, however, these powerful means by themselves are not enough. If we were to wake up one fine morning in societies that were functional, highly technological, but where the confidence of faith, the intelligence of the heart, and a thirst for reconciliation had been extinguished, what then would be the future of the human family?

         

 

 

 

 

 

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1 Sunday, 25 October 2009 22:20
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LOOKING UP TO HEAVEN

A sick woman and the mercy of Jesus.

In today's Gospel St. Luke recounts an incident that happened when Jesus was teaching in a synagogueon the sabbath.1 And there wasa woman who had had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. Without a word being spoken, Jesus is moved with compassion for her: He called her and said to her, 'Woman, you are freed from your infirmity'. And He laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God.

But the ruler of the synagogue became indignant because Jesus had cured on the Sabbath. With his shriveled heart he could not comprehend the majesty of the divine mercy that had freed this woman from so much anguish. He was zealous for the observance of the letter of the Law,2 but he was unable to grasp that God was well pleased with this miraculous healing. His heart was cold and his mind closed. He could not appreciate the true meaning of what had happened.

The Messiah foretold by the Scriptures was standing right in front of him. And yet he had no hesitation in rebuking Jesus and the people around him: There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.

As on other similar occasions the Lord does not remain silent. Then the Lord answered him, You hypocrites!’ Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day? This woman, this daughter of Abraham, has far greater value in the Lord's eyes than does a beast of burden. As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.

The woman was freed from the spirit of infirmity that had enslaved her. Now she could stand up straight and look at Christ. She could look up to Heaven. She could see the world and everyone around her. We should meditate frequently on these passages that reveal the Lord's great mercy. Jesus shows this refinement and affection not only to a small group of disciples, but to everyone: to the holy women, to representatives of the Sanhedrin, like Nicodemus, to tax collectors like Zacchaeus; He shows it to sick and healthy people, to teachers of the law and pagans, to individuals and to crowds.

The Gospels tell us that Jesus had no place to rest his head, but they also tell us that he had many good, close friends, eager to have him stay in their homes when he was in the vicinity. They tell us of his compassion for the sick, of his sorrow for those who were ignorant or in error, his anger at the money changers who profaned thetemple.3

The prayerful consideration of these scenes in the Gospel should lead us to have greater confidence in Jesus, especially when we ourselves are in need. May we struggle hard to lift up our hearts from the material world. We can never pass by pain or misery with indifference. We should react with the heart of the Master and have compassion on our neighbors.

1. Luke13:10-17
2. cf Ex20:8
3. J. Escriva, Christ is passing by, 108

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