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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
True humility is not feeling bad about one, or having a low opinion of oneself, or thinking of yourself as inferior to others. True humility frees us from anxiety with ourselves, whereas a low self-opinion tends to focus our attention on ourselves. Humility is truth in self-understanding and truth in action. Viewing ourselves truthfully, with sober judgment, means seeing ourselves the way God sees us. A humble person makes a realistic assessment of himself or herself without fantasy or pretense to be something he or she is not. The humble regard themselves neither smaller nor larger than they truly are. True humility frees us to be our true selves and to avoid despair and pride. A humble person does not have to wear a mask or put on a facade in order to look good to others, particularly to those who are not really familiar with that person. The modest are not swayed by accidentals, such as fame, reputation, success, or failure. Humility is the queen or foundation of all the other virtues because it enables us to view and judge ourselves suitably, the way God sees us. Humility leads to true self-knowledge, honesty, realism, strength, and commitment to give ourselves to something greater than ourselves. Humility frees us to love and serve others unselfishly, for their sake, rather than our own. Paul the Apostle, gives us the greatest example and model of humility in the person of Jesus Christ, who emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, ...who humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. The Lord Jesus gives grace to those who seek him humbly.
Word of the Day...
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, help us as we seek to know the best thing to do with your children to share your love and your truth with them. We want them to know and love you more perfectly than we do. Give us wisdom and courage to make wise decisions and the tenderness to implement them in our family's life. In Infant Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (September 1, 2013)
Day: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 126
Colour: Green
First Reading: Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11
Second Reading: Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a
Gospel: Luke 14: 1,7-14
Listen to Reading:
Today's Scripture: Luke 14: 1,7-14
1One Sabbath when he went to dine at the house of a ruler who belonged to the Pharisees, they were watching him. 7 Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he marked how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, 8 "When you are invited by any one to a marriage feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest a more eminent man than you be invited by him; 9 and he who invited you both will come and say to you, `Give place to this man,' and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, `Friend, go up higher'; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11 For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." 12 He said also to the man who had invited him, "When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just."


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