Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sunday's Word

August 29, 2010
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a
Lk 14:1, 7-14

The summer days are coming to a halt as we approach the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. It's time to prepare to hear this Sunday's Word!

Both the first reading and the Gospel teach us about humility. The second reading is different, showing us the glory of what we approach in faith, in Christ.


Who among us wants to be humble?
Do any of us desire to be humbled?

Humility...It's the longest chapter in St. Benedict’s Rule. Of all the words that Saint Benedict uses to describe the proper posture for a life that becomes the gospel, humility is the one word, the one trait that he comes back to again and again. St. Benedict bases his writings on the words of Jesus who said,“For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” The root of humility is the Latin word humus, which means “soil” or “earth.” To be humble is to be down-to-earth. It is an acknowledgment of our connectedness to the earth.

In Von Hildebrand's Transformation in Christ, humility is synonymous with Christlikeness. Jesus calls us to learn of him for he is gentle and humble of heart. The more we desire to become like Christ, the more we grow in humility. Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like Yours.
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Pray for the Canonization of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade
"The time that we devote to mental prayer is the most precious time of our lives."
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade