The readings are on theme of humility. The word comes from humus, Latin for the stuff of the earth. The virtue is often mistaken for cloying self-depreciation or timorous subservience.
True humility is rooted in down-to-earth truthfulness and honesty. It recognises where all good gifts come from and gives the credit to God. It nurtures gifts and develops talents in gratitude and celebration, in co-operation and teamwork, in service and fidelity. The humble person rejoices in the gifts and successes of another. Whoever walks humbly before God will be prayerful and reverential, grateful and courageous, respectful and gentle.
‘Be gentle in carrying out your business and you will be better loved than a lavish giver.’ (First reading) Gentleness in thought, in attitude and in judgement. Gentleness in marriage, at work and in the car. Gentleness in tone of voice and in choice of words. And above all, be gentle with failures, especially your own. It is a virtue not favoured in the brash world of competition, weakest to the wall and win at any cost.
Wishing all Parishioners & Friends Happy and Blessed Sunday! – Fr Francis, MSP