22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God… Rather when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled the lame, the blind, blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.” — A reading from the Book of Sirach
The Hebrew bible offers countless examples of the virtues we seek for our Christian living. An understanding heart, humility, the fruits of the Holy Spirit offered by St. Paul. Jesus provided the beatitudes to assist us in forming a correct, mature conscience. Somehow, we seem to miss the point. How sad as our society moves in the opposite direction. Pride, and the other capital sins, invade our lives and become the norm for the ‘good life.’ I tend to think only of myself. We are told we need this, buy a bigger one, you can’t get along without it. I need to ask myself how well I got along without the internet, with my cell phone, or video game. These have entered the sphere of my life only recently. Sadly they replaced values, warmth, the gospel. Pope Francis teaches us well, when we are to equip ourselves with mercy, kindness, forgiveness, and offer these same gifts to others. He suggests for our consideration to offer these gifts to the marginalized, the poor, the outcast. As I offer them to those in need, I offer them to the Lord Himself.
Yours in Christ, Rev. Leo Antony, SDV
St. Gerard Majella RC Church
501 West Broadway – Paterson, NJ 07522