Weekend of August 28-29, 2010 - Twenty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time

Sirach 3:17-20,28-29                           Hebrews 12:18-19,22-24                              Luke 14:1,7-14


Sirach teaches the value of humility.  Luke echoes this teaching in the Gospel.  Jesus describes a wedding feast where the guests compete for the more prestigious places at table.  Jesus points out that it is better to take a lower seat.  Hebrews compares the Old Law, with its gloomy darkness, to Mount Zion, where the joyous New Covenant is given.


Humility is a moral virtue that helps us counter our human tendency toward exaggerated pride.  Humility does not require us to walk about with downcast eyes as we strike our breasts.  Rather, through humility we recognize and celebrate our talents, because we acknowledge God as their source and his praise as their purpose.