Saturday of the 30th week in the ordinary time of the year

Theme: Be humble

In the gospel reading of today, Jesus admonishes us to be humble in our daily life. This is very important in our lives as children of God, and it is also expected that as ambassadors of Christ on earth, we have to live a life that is worthy of emulation. When we humble ourselves in our human relationships, we have nothing to lose but everything to gain. This is readily seen in the parable presented to us by Jesus in the gospel reading. Those who humble themselves will be exalted and those who exalt themselves will be humbled; the choice is ours to make.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, we have to guide against living an arrogant life. This is because it is not of God and should not be found in our life as children of God. In the life of Jesus and so many other saints in the church, we see practical humility. As children of God and followers of Christ, we are all encouraged to do all within our power to imbibe the spirit of humility in our life. When we live a humble life, it helps us to build good relationship with both God and our neighbours. This is very important because when an individual is described as a proud person, most people tend to stay away from him or her; it usually affects his or her relationship with others.

Dearly beloved in Christ, we have to be conscious of who we are at all times, and guide against our status, position or power in the society  getting into our heads as we deal with other people. It is never too late to begin to make amends to live a life of humility that is good and pleasing to God. One thing we must always remember is the fact that what is good is good; and the practice of humility in our daily life is good.

In the 1st reading of today, we see the level of humility of St. Paul as he writes to the Philipian church. He pointed out the fact that he is nothing, and Christ is everything; that is the height of humility. In the same way we are all encouraged to practice humility in our daily life and become better children of God. May God grant us a humble and contrite heart. Amen. Peace be with you.

Saturday of the 30th week in the ordinary time, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp