PHILIPPIANS 1:18-26; PSALM 42; LUKE 14:1, 7-11
“Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Jesus told this parable in the Gospel when he saw how the people chose places of honour in a feast. Some people have built their life around particular seat. It is called Chairman – without the chair you are still a man. Some have built their lives around offices. In today’s parable, what Jesus is saying is that whether you sit at the high table or the low table be humble. I am Fr Daniel irrespective of where I sit down. Pope Francis is the Pope whether he stays in the Pope’s apartment or not, you are the laity chairman irrespective of where you sit. So, whether low or high table be humble and when you leave any of the tables you shall be exalted. The high table should not make you “high” to the point of seeing those around you as nobody. The low table should not drive you into low self-esteem to the point of being intimidated by all those around. Therefore, be humble irrespective of the ‘chair’ or ‘table’ and you shall be exhausted.
Prayer for Humility
Lord Jesus Christ you are meek and humble of heart. We pray that You grant us the same meekness and humility so that God may reveal to us those things He has hidden from the wise and the learned. Give us the right wisdom so that, despite our academic qualifications, we may remain childlike before You because it is through humility that we will be able to serve mostly the poor, sick, beggars, the blind and other least of our brothers and sisters. Jesus Christ deliver me from the desire of being loved without loving back. Remove from me the desire of being praised by others. Help me, Dear Lord, that I may desire others to be esteemed more than I. I pray all this through Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.