Readings for Monday September 28, 2009
First Reading: Zechariah 8:1-8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 102
Gospel: Luke 9:46-50
An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest. Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed it by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.” (Lk 9:46-48)
When you look up the definition of humility you will get something like this; "a modest opinion of one's own importance, rank, etc." I would say that the disciples got a good lesson in humility today. I think that this is a lesson in which we should all pay attention to and to partake in. We all must be grounded in humility; it keeps us in our place, it keeps us from getting "too big for our own pants" (to borrow a term from my parents). If we are not grounded in humility, then we will be seeking out a place on this earth, instead of a place with God.
It is common for us to want to become more, to have success, and to reach the top; but if the cost of doing that is losing our soul to the world, then it is not worth it. Jesus makes it clear in today's gospel that unless we are willing to humble ourselves like children, then the earthly greatness that we attain will not mean much. Sure, it may bring some immediate gratification, but we cannot be sustained simply by this. However, if we are willing to humble ourselves, sacrifice our own will for the Lord's will, then with God's grace we can make a place for ourselves in heaven.
While we may seem lowly here on earth, our greatness in heaven can gain great value. We would all do well to remember our place and our purpose; it is this lesson in humility that we should keep in our hearts at all times.
Father above, we thank you and praise you for the gift of this day. Lord, you alone are our good, loving and kind God. We thank you for all that we are and all that we have. Lord, help us to stay grounded in humility and to continue serving you with joy and peace in our hearts. We pray for all our priests and religious. May they be blessed and strengthened in their vows and in their ministries. I ask this all through Christ our Lord. Amen.