Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 3, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Romans 11:1-2a, 11-12, 25-29
Psalm 94:12-13a, 14-15, 17-18
Luke 14:1, 7-11
A reflection on today's Scripture:
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 14:11)
Doesn't it seem that the following scenario repeats itself over and over: an individual gains status, wealth and esteem and becomes almost more than human, great in many people's eyes? And while this person is in the spotlight with many adoring followers, great riches and high social standing, it all seems to come crashing down. Through scandal, self destruction or some other means, this self-exalted person is reduced to almost nothing, their wealth and standing long gone.
Jesus said unless we humble ourselves like little children we cannot enter the kingdom. To be humble shows our true neediness as imperfect humans and our needs can only be met by an all-loving God on whom we rely. If we raise ourselves to thinking we are no longer in need and can do without God, we will be humbled, as the true fact is we are always in need of Him and we are always in need of what only He can provide.
When we have exalted ourselves there is nowhere to go but down. When we come to Him humble as a child, there is nowhere to go but up and God will lift us up in His infinite love for us.
- Don Claunch, SFO |
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