Twenty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time
August 29, 2010
Luke 14: 1, 7-14
The Sunday Gospel Readings for this Liturgical year are taken from Saint Luke. In the passage chosen for this Sunday, Jesus offers us two important lessons: one in the virtue of humility and the other invites us to practice thoughtful and kind generosity to those who are poor and neglected by society.
The first example, which speaks about the dinner guest, reminds us that genuine humility is that virtue, or perfection of character, which allows us to know our place: where we belong in God’s Providence. A truly humble person is not one who has an inferiority complex that believes himself to be less than he is.
Genuine humility leads a person to be grateful for all of the Graces and Blessings he has been given and, to turn, uses them wisely and well for the benefit of others. The humble person does not seek to be the “salt of every dish”, nor does he seek to be the centre of everything. He remains in the place God has willed for him and is contented to remain there.
Two weeks ago, the Church celebrated the summertime Feast of the Assumption. Our Lady is truly the model of humility. She accepted her place in God’s Plan, remained there and fulfilled all of God’s Will for her.
The second lesson which Christ offers to us in this Gospel passage is the necessity of caring for the people in our society who have been placed in the margins of our cities because of their physical or economic condition.
If we are to be considered true followers of Jesus of Nazareth, we must do all we can, all that our circumstances permit, to alleviate their sufferings, moral, economic and physical.
Christ reminds us that when we serve the poor, the sick and the disadvantaged, we are, in fact, serving Him who, in the words Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, “is to be found in the distressing disguise of the poor.”
May the Graces of this Sunday Mass enable us to be sincerely humble and to serve those less fortunate than we.