Phil 1: 18b-26
Luke 14: 1, 7-11
Humility and Hospitality
Jesus used in his teaching simple and dynamic language. The abstract terms like equality, fellowship, love, justice etc. do not adequately capture his teaching and vision. His vision is captured in and evoked by simple and dynamic language. Examples- ‘sell what you have, distribute among the poor, wash your face while fasting, come and follow me, unless you become like children, one and ninety nine, blessed are the poor...’ In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “When you are invited, take the lowest place… then you will be honored in the presence of all” (Lk 14: 10).
Characteristics of Jesus’ Ministry
A sense of personal God- given authority, answerable to none. A man of courage, sensitivity, hope, independence, and compassion.
The presence of God’s reign and the awareness of the Spirit
Lived within his own religious traditions, yet exposed the nullity of many irrelevant practices and beliefs. Included in his kingdom the marginalized and the oppressed.
He was aware that he mediates God’s forgiveness for all Exorcised evil spirits, healed various types of sickness in the context of faith Stressed the essential place for interiority
Uncovered the dangers of hypocrisy, greed, wealth, power, false religiosity, traditions of elders, many social evils , enmity...
Gave a central place to human in the light of his experience of God
Conveyed truth through strong contrasts, paradoxes, parables...
Spelt out the unattainable horizons of human life and lived with human frailty
Did not romanticize the poor, authority , sinners ...
Did not place barriers between himself & any category of people in his society
Characteristics of humility
A humble person is fully aware of the limitations of his knowledge and information and is always ready to learn
A humble person respects the dignity of the other persons
A humble person is never arrogant in his thought, speech and behaviour
Even when disagreeing with others a humble person dose it with dignity and with great respect for others
A humble person believes that truth is multidimensional. A humble person thinks if he/she wants to get the full truth he/she has to listen to others to understand their perspectives.
The humble person does not have any difficulty to say sorry the moment he/she realizes some wrong was done to the other person
The humble person is ready to receive ideas and thoughts from others with due acknowledgements, not mere copying
A humble person looks for synergy. He/she is not threatened by conflicting ideas. He/she searches for alternatives, going beyond, “my ways” accepting “our ways”
A humble person is a listening person. Stephen Covey in his book, The Third Alternative, says “You are given two ears and one mouth. Use them proportionally. Listening is more tiring than speaking.
Fr. Shepherd Thelappilly CMI