HOMILY FOR 22ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C
Sirach 3:17-20, 28-29
Luke 14:1, 7-14
*THEME: HUMILITY, THE MARK OF A GENUINE CHRISTIAN*
Beloved in Christ, this morning the church invites us to reflect on the Christian virtue of humility by telling us that it is an attribute and quality of God which all His children are obliged to possess and live by. Consequently, the first reading says the key to a successful relationship with God and neighbor is to be humble. We are also made to understand that being humble will also win for us favor with the Lord.
But, unfortunately, the world sees humility as a sign of weakness and fear and therefore tags the humble person as timid. In this regard, people turn to define themselves in terms of their titles, status and achievements.
Beloved, the truth is that real importance does not come from external signs. In other words, our worth and identity comes from God and not from our society and our culture.
Thus, Jesus in the gospel says, to be important is to serve. Humility then is not timidity or a lack of self confidence but the awareness and acceptance of who, and what we are before God. It is about not thinking highly of yourself or seeing yourself as better than the others.
My dear friend, humility then is the foundation of prayer. (CCC. 2559), for only a humble heart can come to God in prayer, and easily forgives because they know who they are. Again, it takes humility to say please, or thank you.
Finally, let us remember that everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted. Hence, the Kingdom is for the humble, the grateful, and those who freely accept God’s gifts.