Saturday, August 28, 2021

HOMILY – 11th Anniversary of Christ Our Hope – God’s Glory

Remember that old country song, “Lord, it’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way?”

It is this mindset Jesus is going after today. It’s those who think they are better than others, entitled because of their wealth, or their status or their country of origin.

Jesus is here to knock us all off our pedestals.

“Humility is so necessary for salvation that Jesus takes every opportunity to stress its importance. Here he uses the attitudes of people at a banquet to remind us again that it is God who assigns the places at the heavenly banquet…[1]

Christ is our Hope. This understanding of Jesus’ central message is what makes this community special. We have walking, talking icons who help us to maintain our humility and tether us to Christ’s main mission for us: it’s not about me; it’s about others. It’s about serving others on the margins, not our own egos.

“A Christian acts in the world in the same way anyone else does; but (our) dealings with (our) colleagues and others should not be based on pursuit of reward or vainglory: the first thing (one) should seek is God’s glory, desiring heaven as (our) only reward (cf. Lk 6:32–34).[2]

Christ calls us to remain grounded in him, connected to him and detached from our own superegos. This is the message of the Gospel this weekend.

[1] Saint Luke’s Gospel. (2005). (p. 133). Dublin; New York: Four Courts Press; Scepter Publishers.

[2] Saint Luke’s Gospel. (2005). (p. 134). Dublin; New York: Four Courts Press; Scepter Publishers. 

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