THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SPIRITUALITY CENTER
August 28 – September 3, 2016
Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF Laredo, TX
Humility is the great theme of this Sunday’s readings. In Sirach 3: 17 a blessing of humility is seen. “…conduct your affairs with humility and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts…” In Luke 14: 1, 7-14 Jesus tells the Parable on Humility in which he states, “…everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted…”
So, what is this humility business all about? It doesn’t sound very appealing and no one wants to be a door mat. When did we ever start thinking of humility as a door mat? It’s more like a bear hug of love and generosity. Right relationships are so hard to develop. It is easier to think of one’s self better than everyone else. Though at other times our self-image is so poor, we have to put other’s down to feel good about ourselves. Neither of these attitudes will lead to healthy relationships.
If we are to be humble, we have to have a good sense of ourselves and our worth in God’s eyes. This means we recognize the gifts that are God-given, we are thankful for these gifts and we use them to the benefit of others. We realize that each person is gifted and recognize this blessing. We invite others into our circle of sharing and build them up with praise and recognition. There is no oppression of others because of their race, religion, opinions, culture, etc. Everyone will sit at the circular table in the Kingdom of God. There is a reason why God made our earth in the shape of a ball. It reminds us that we all fit together on this “solid circle.” It is only we who set up the barriers, fences and boundaries. Humility opens them.
On Monday we recall Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist. He was the first to recognize the presence of God in human form, while they were both in the womb. I often wonder if they played together as children.
Unfortunately, John died a gruesome death of beheading as a young man. Jesus bitterly mourned the loss of this holy man. Let us remember the modern martyrs in Syria and other war torn areas of the world.
St. Gregory the Great, celebrated on Saturday, is a Doctor of the Church and the most influential Pope of the Medieval Ages. He revised the Liturgy of which many parts are used today in the Mass. Being a monk, he was very interested in the music of the Mass and is today known as the author of Gregorian Chant. He set up Church discipline, finance, leadership and organization. Is it any wonder, that he is called, “Great?”
Have a happy, humble week,
Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF