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The Twenty Second Sunday of Ordinary Time: A Word About the Word

Updated: Sep 8



According to Webster’s dictionary, the word Humility is defined as “the state or quality of being humble; freedom from pride or arrogance; a modest estimate of one’s own worth…” In this week’s readings the word humility is used in a variety of ways. Our beloved Church arranges the readings of the week to challenge us to look at ourselves and to dive a little deeper. In our first reading from Sirach we are told to conduct our affairs with humility, and to humble ourselves whenever we can. Being humble in today’s day and age is not easy. Our blessed Lord Jesus in the gospel passage is actually challenging us to be totally counter cultural. It is almost paradoxical that if we want to be great in the Kingdom of God, we must be humble. Jesus tells us that instead of inviting your friends and family to dinner, how about inviting the poor and those who do not have to your dinner party. This is a radical idea and not an easy one to do. In our society, we are told to “look out for number one…and strive to get ahead…your happiness is all that matters etc.” These are common sayings yet they will not make us truly successful. Our Lord is always calling us to “think outside the box”. He wants us to combat our selfish ways and desires and so He tells us to be humble. If we want to be first, try being last. If we want to lead others, try being a servant, and if we want to truly live, try embracing death to our selfish desires and sins, in order to embrace life. Be careful of false humility as well. I know in my own life I have fallen into this at times. If in doubt, just ask your spouse or your parents. They have ways that will help keep you truly humble! So, this week let us look at our lives and see where we can strive to be humble and do something kind and generous for someone else. Then we will be truly on our way to being great in God’s Kingdom…Something to think on…May God richly bless you always…


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