Humbled or Exalted?

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The practice of humility that Jesus talks about in the Gospel today has far greater connotations than what appears on the surface.  The “wedding banquet” that Jesus refers to is that of the Heavenly kingdom and the “guests” are the ones who earn the eternal reward of Heaven.  Jesus is instructing us in a counter cultural manner as He often does in the Gospels.  The worldly opinion of how people should behave is that of being prideful and putting those who are beneath them in their place.  The way of life that Christ is directing His followers toward, is a life of humility and becoming a servant to all, especially those who are in the greatest of need, the poor, the sick and the lonely.  Jesus makes it clear that “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” The words from the first reading, today, from the Book of Sirach point us to the proper direction for gaining the humility that is needed for a Christian life; “Humble yourselves the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God.”  Amen.

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