Serving the Word: 4th November


Luke 14, 1. 7-11

“For everyone who exalts oneself will be humbled, and whoever humbles themselves will be exalted.”

There are four realities to which we easily sell ourselves and very easily also become their slaves: vanity, power, money and pleasure.

These four realities can cloud our vision and can lead us to lose the direction of our life.

Repeatedly in the Gospel Jesus speaks to us of humility, of not wanting to be served but to serve, of not wanting the first places but of giving ourselves to others from the last.

This is the teaching of today’s Gospel. If you really consider others as your brothers and sisters, you will never want to be above them. And you will even be glad that they are above you.

That’s how Jesus lived it and that’s how his followers try to live it. This is how Teresa of the Child Jesus lived it, with whose words we conclude this reflection: “In order to respond to your love, I too want to desire that my brothers and sisters always put me in last place and convince me that this is my place. I beg you, divine Jesus, to send me a humiliation every time I try to put myself above others”.

Good day to you.

Antonio Sanjuan Cmf


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