Great Sunday friends. Thanks for visiting my blog today! Just finished our Sunday service and the homily (word of God) that was shared today is all about HUMILITY.
Here is the homily for today’s mass August 28, 2016. Here is what the story is all about, wanted to share with you why I congregate every Sunday or Saturday, it gives me preparation and answers to the questions I might have for the past week, which gets answered on a time that I, myself isrm ready to receive the answer to my question.
Happy Sunday to all and remember this story of HUMILITY:
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time—August 28, 2016
I remember, as a child, visiting my Grandmother at her home in West Aliquippa, PA. After eating something of whatever she was making, baking, or frying, I ran to the second floor so I could complete my homework.
As I was doing the work, my grandmother called for me to come down and take out the garbage. I said, “I can’t because I doing my work.”
My grandmother, more sternly than before said, “Just do this task, and by the time you are done taking out garbage, an angel will have come, and completed your homework…all of it.”
Immediately, I thought: “Good deal!” And I ran down the steps to pack and throw out the garbage. After I finished, I went to collect my angelic homework.
Nothing was done. My homework was at the place I left it, and to this day, I’m still looking and waiting for that angel.
Imagine that empty feeling of waiting for something you may never get—that empty feeling is shared by the gospel story of the wedding guests who took lower places at the table because they were expecting to be called to the front.
These guests must have assumed that their place in the society of the day would surely guarantee them a seat upfront.
It never happened. They were not asked to move to places of honor. The lower places are where they stayed.
A dose of humility would have helped these guests tremendously.
But what exactly is humility?
A quick Google search on humility will yield approximately 6,980,000 results. Humility has been seen as: “…not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” (C.S.Lewis)
Others remind us that: “Pride makes us artificial, and humility makes us real.”(Thomas Merton)
However, a common theme in the definitions, is that:
“humility equals realism” (James Kinn, 22C, p. 285.)
In other words, humility involves measuring myself by reality; it involves relating myself realistically to God and others.”(Kinn, p. 285)
The humble person knows his/her gifts and talents, and is thankful to God for them.
Humility does not imply denying our gifts, or not sharing our talents with others. God made us. We, in turn, are thankful to God for those gifts, and show our thankfulness by using our talents in service to one another.
Our gifts are given to us not because of anything we have done, or may do. Our gifts are given by a God who expects us to “humbly” use those gifts in service of his people. The Greco-Roman culture of the day had little understanding of the generosity and kindness of God. In the Greco-Roman ethic, gifts and kindnesses were to be returned to the giver of those gifts. If you received a gift, you, in turn, were obligated to return the favor of a gift.
Jesus teaches the exact opposite. Gifts should be given out of love, with no need of repayment. God gives us gifts with no expectation of repayment. Our gifts and talents are meant to be freely shared with others. After all, it is impossible to “out do” the generosity of God.
In essence, what constitutes a working understanding of humility? The humble person is both reflexive and prayerful. Humble people reflect on the gifts they have been freely given by God. In turn, their humility is translated into action by embracing, loving, and using their gifts—not solely for self, but for others.
It is the humble person who loves equally the “master and the servant” as both are equal in the sight of God. “The people most deaf to Jesus’ words are the self-sufficient, the religious professionals, the spiritually-skilled Pharisees, scribes, and priests.
“Those who hear most readily are the sinners, the social outcasts, those aware of their humanness, and their need for God. These are the humble of the earth.”(Foley, Footprints, p. 579,1994)
It is precisely these people that the humble serve, for “they are one with them.”
- Sinners are loved and not judged.
- Social outcasts are welcomed into daily life.
- The broken are reminded of their worth.
Humility is not a virtue readily addressed, or written about in our times. We are focused more on who we are, and what we have achieved, as opposed to serving the other with our gifts. So how do we practice humility?
Ben Brantley, the Broadway critic, opened his Aug. 6New York Times review of “Hamilton,” (the story of our founding fathers) with this one line:
“Yes, it (“Hamilton”) really is that good.”
And why is it that good? The show fuses together a new form of the near-dead Broadway musical with hip-hop. It brings a new freshness to the art form of the musical.
Humility, too, “fuses” together the gifts God has given us with those on the margin of life that need our help.
Our humble service will, most likely, never be seen in the glare of a Broadway musical. However, our service will be seen in the eyes and hearts of those we help.
But, our humble service “…is that good.”
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