22nd Sunday in the ordinary time of the year C  

Theme: Be humble

On this 22nd Sunday of the year in the ordinary time, the readings we have to day gives us an insight on what we should do to be better persons, friends of the less privileged and also friends of God. In the gospel reading of today, Jesus gives us a parable that calls us to humility of life, a life of service, and a life that is all inclusive.  This is a situation in which everyone is treated with some respect and dignity, irrespective of his or her status. This is a great lesson for all of us. With the teaching from today’s gospel, Jesus breaks the barrier of status and position, and he gives everybody the opportunity to be treated right. Those in position of power and authority are encouraged to humble themselves, so that they will be exalted.

Relating with the parable of Jesus in today’s gospel, will be very easy for so many of us. This is because, often time’s people are placed in places of honour when there is a gathering, and the invitation is usually among their circle of friends; strictly by invitation. Thus, it becomes very difficult for the poor to find themselves in such a gathering. Jesus is challenging us today to think differently, humble ourselves in gatherings and give everyone the opportunity to be part of the celebration; irrespective of their position and status in life.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, to put this into practice in our lives, is to attract the blessings and love of God towards ourselves. The poor and less privileged are very close and dear to God, so each time we show them love; we make God happy and attract his love and blessings to ourselves. The fact is very clear from the 1st reading of today from the Book of Sirach. “the greater you are, the more you must humble yourself, so you will find favour with God”. Dearly beloved in Christ, pride and arrogance should not be seen in our midst, let us try to guide against it and live a life that is built on humility and service. By so doing, we will be putting into practice the admonitions from our readings on this 22nd Sunday of the year and our lives will be better off for it.

Dearly beloved in Christ, the letter to the Hebrews also points out the fact that when we relate with our brothers and sister and also with God in love, it endears us to the love and teachings of Christ. Let us do all within our power from today henceforth to be humble and break the barriers that we have created, as a result of our position and status in life. As you do this, may almighty God bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Homily for the 22nd Sunday in the ordinary time of the year C, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp