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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Saturday of the 30th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

November 3, 2018

Saturday of the 30th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Phil 1: 8b-26

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. He told a parable to those who had been invited, noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table. "When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at table in the place of honor. A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him, and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say, 'Give your place to this man,' and then you would proceed with embarrassment to take the lowest place. Rather, when you are invited,  go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, 'My friend, move up to a higher position.' Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."

 

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 you have, distribute among the poor, wash your face while fasting, come and follow me, unless you become like children, on 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

»  Life built about the presence of God’s reign and the awareness of the Spirit

»  Lived within his own religious traditions, yet at time undermined understandings and practices of various groups. Included in his kingdom the marginalized and the oppressed groups. Aware that he meditates God’s forgiveness

»  Exorcises evil spirits, heals various types of sickness in the context of faith

»  Stressed the essential place for interiority

»  Uncovers the dangers of hypocrisy, greed/wealth, power, purity of laws, types of religiosity, traditions of elders, social evils authority roles, enmity

»  Gave a central place to human in the light of his experience of God

»  Convey truth through strong contrasts, paradoxes, parables

»  Spelt out the unattainable horizons of human life and lived with  human frailty

»  Did not romanticize poor, authority figures and sinners

»  Does not place barriers between himself & any category of person 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 is that he/she respects the dignity of the other persons

»  A humble person is never arrogant in his thought, speech and behavior

»  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 is that he/she does not have any difficulty to say ‘sorry’ the moment he/she realized something 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


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