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As they say, “it is hard to be humble when you are so great.” Kidding aside, humility is considering oneself less than others.
The first reading is taken from the Book of Sirach. It is part of Wisdom Literature and was written two centuries before Jesus Christ. It informs us as to what is important on our faith walk. This passage informs us humility is most important. We must be careful not to “get in over our heads”. Through pride and the wish for prestige we might take on much responsibility or the like, that we cannot handle. Further, concern for others in need atones for personal and communal sin.
Such is the concern of God as we are reminded in the Psalm response, “God, in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor.” God has made a relationship with the poor His covenant. That covenant is completed in the coming of Jesus Christ. This is what the second reading makes clear. Now we may have a full intimate relationship with God. The final covenant gathering will include all who follow Jesus and all the just who came before.
The gospel passage brings all together. The meal is commonly used by Luke as a means for Jesus to present His teachings. Here He presents a reversal of the norm. The meal should not be for mere “show”. It is not to be used to impress influential people who will elevate the person giving the meal. One’s own exultation may not be at the expense of others. Concern for others supersedes concern for one’s own prestige and honor. Such is what pleases God to most.
It is not so easy to serve others all the time. Service can be very draining, emotionally and physically. Thus, what energizes the servant of the meal is to recognize who is in attendance. The most honored guest is the Lord God.
God is the one who makes all possible. He puts the calories in the food that gives energy. The calories are God’s Grace. This is what one who serves must look for and consume. Having a close intimate relationship, a covenant relationship, is what keeps all servants humbly energized. This is better than any earthly distinction.
56. In the meantime, economic powers continue to justify the current global system where priority tends to be given to speculation and the pursuit of financial gain, which fail to take the context into account, let alone the effects on human dignity and the natural environment. Here we see how environmental deterioration and human and ethical degradation are closely linked. Many people will deny doing anything wrong because distractions constantly dull our consciousness of just how limited and finite our world really is. As a result, “whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule” (Evangelii Gaudium).
Source : Laudato Si’
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