October 29, 2016 – Saturday in the 30th Week of the Church Year


Saint for the day: Narcissus (Born c. 99 -216)

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

Philippians 1:18-26    –    Psalm 42    –    Luke 14:7-11

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.” (The ‘Alleluia Verse’ before today’s Holy Gospel)

Humility is not an easy virtue to fake and that – in it’s self – might be the very reason why Jesus singled it out with the Holy Gospel that we hear in today’s liturgy. To be truly humble a person needs to have some way of knowing his own worth without having to beat a drum whenever he comes into a new setting. So, what is it that enables us to know our worth? For myself, I think that this awareness has to begin and come from outside ourselves which is another way of calling us into an area of self-awareness that might also be called “a likeness of God.” When I sincerely desire to know the fullness of God’s love for me – even knowing the many ways in which I miss that mark of perfection, true humility begins to have a home in my being.   But if this quest is being generated outside of our desire to be truly known by God then we will stumble and trip over our own efforts to appear truly humble. All of us need to work on gaining an honest appreciation of how God has blessed us in wonderful and dramatic ways and then let this awareness lead us into a deeper awareness of the ways in which God is blessing us. When we truly know that some wonderful goodness or gracefulness has come into our life because of the way we relate to God, that is the beginning of a true sense of humility. Amen!

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