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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 29, 2010

HUMILITY AND UNPOPULARITY

We want to be important, but once again Jesus reminds us that our importance does not come through our own merit.  We want to be part of the “in-crowd” – not only saved and loved by God, but we want to be popular as well.

We keep trying to save ourselves, exalt ourselves, redeem ourselves, prove ourselves.  But we can’t – and we try – it is pride.  . . . and rationally, we know this – but we want so much that what we don’t have.

Go back and read Sirach 3:17-29 – there you will find true humility is not thinking of your self less, it is thinking less of yourself.

Far too many of have used religion as a tool for status.  We want religion, not for transformation, but for social order, membership and control.

Notice who Jesus invites to the table with him.  It would be as if your child invited a group of homeless people and paroled prisoners to your home for dinner tonight.  And how would you respond?  You see, when we get down to it, we like religion because of the security it offers, but this is not the way of Jesus.  Jesus looked for what was good, not for what was predictably controllable.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24; Luke 14:1, 7-14)

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