Pondering for Sunday September 1, 2019

Eucharistic Readings for Sunday Proper 17 Year C

“For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”  (Luke 14:11)

Words by Mac Davis; “O Lord it’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way, I can’t wait to look in the mirror cause I get better looking each day.”  Funny the way humility works.  If you brag about it, it’s lost.  Sorry Mac.

Humility is so lacking in our society today. However, it is very much needed.  We all need people who put community first.  We need more people who want to take a back seat to the needs of the welfare of family, of neighbors and of friends.

Humility is the insistence on my needs being taken care of only after the needs of others have been taken care of.  Humility is putting others first without the thought of recognition or reward for putting others first. It is just a way of life. Once we learn to reduce our needs we are better enabled to tend to the needs of others who may be in more dire straits than ourselves.

Self promoting seems to be the way of the world today. But as Christians we are called to be “other promoting.”  When I look at group photos I try to see who is in the back or partially behind someone.  It’s hard because they are usually blocked by someone “more important.”

Our Church is maintained by the humble. We are maintained by an Altar guild we never see but are cared for by them in the table being set and service materials properly placed.  We are financially functioning because unseen tellers receive, count and account for contributions every Sunday. These are just two of the many “hidden” humble who serve us from the love in their hearts.

Perhaps the most humble act today is just showing up.  You don’t have to be special, you just have to be.  Show up to visit someone sick; show up to take someone to an appointment; show up to attend a meeting.  All of these are selfless acts that are so meaningful to those you serve and remember the words from the letter to the Hebrews: “Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:1 – 2)

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people. John+

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