Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 27, 2019
Today, in Mercy, in our readings:
- Sirach assures us that the prayer of the humble reaches the ear of God
- Paul readies himself for death
- Jesus gives us one of his most memorable parables.
The thread running through all of these? Humility- that beautiful virtue which allows us to be who we truly are before God and humanity.
Oh my goodness friends, how many times have we been with “the Pharisees”, such as Jesus describes, at a meeting or dinner? They are so unsure and unaware of their true value in God, that they begin to create an illusion to protect their fear.
We know the statements (or attitudes) by heart. Sometimes, they’re harmless; sometimes not. We may be guilty of a few of them ourselves:
But there are other statements, such as the Pharisee’s, that can certainly make us question a person’s self- perception:
- There has never been a better leader, CEO, deal-maker, neighbor, human being
- I am smarter than the generals, the lawyers, the financiers, the scientists
- Nobody does things better than me
- I am the smartest person of all time
Certainly, it’s angering, but more than that, it’s sad. It’s really sad to miss the whole point of one’s true greatness: that we are beloved and redeemed by God – just like every Creature! That we are called, in that belovedness , to serve God in our sisters and brothers. Knowing this inalienable truth is the source of all humility, courage, joy, and perseverance in faith. It is the whole reason we were created. What a tragedy to, like the Pharisee, miss the whole point!
Let us pray with Paul and the humble tax collector today. “O God, be merciful to me a sinner – a redeemed, grateful, and joyful sinner.”
Music: Miserere Mei – Gregorio Allegri