Offers food for thought
Readings: Sirach 3:17-18.20.28-29; Hebrews 12:18-19.22-24a; Luke 14:1.7-14
God empowers us to achieve greatness, to succeed in establishing lasting legacies, and in so doing bringing glory to God. To receive this empowerment God invites us to embrace, as John Chriysostom said, “humility, the root, mother, nurse, foundation, and bond of all virtue,”. For, as Jesus said, “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:11).
But what does humility look like? Humility opens the door to a real relationship with God and leads to interior peace and wisdom. The humble person knows he is not God but is dependent on God and surrenders to God in Christ. The humble person does not engage in battle for control of the world, according to perceived rights, but instead expresses truth in word and deed as works of loving God and loving neighbor. The humble person knows she is fallible, and so considers criticism and learns from it. The humble person also knows that God has made provision for human conviction and that he calls us to persuade others.
What does humility look like? Humility looks like Jesus Christ, who came “not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”
Be sure to listen to the Homily for 22nd Sunday, for the full reflection!
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CampusPadre is a college ministry Priest Chaplain with 30 years experience in youth and young adult ministry, who strives to let the Holy Spirit lead and challenges students to seek holiness above all.