20161023 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Oct 18, 2016, 9:29 PM by Domain Admin   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 10:12 PM ]

Gospel of Luke 18:9-14

Vincent’s Reflection

Self righteousness. One Pharisee and one tax collector went to the temple to pray.

“The exalted will be humbled and the humbled will be exalted”

Only God can judge.

This gospel reminds me of another verse from the bible; “the first shall be last and last shall be first.” How often do we look to be first in the eyes of God, our parents, teachers, coaches and bosses. This is the way society has come to be and what we are raised to become. There is nothing wrong with that mindset and you should strive to be your best, but do not do so to the point of conceit or self righteousness. I often think that when one person puts all their success on oneself and not acknowledging the blessings that got you there, then this mindset occurs. Making oneself better than another is not something Jesus would do. Jesus showed every one of the miracles he did, but never did he boast of it. This was a gift from God that he needed to share and was humble through his acts of mercy and grace.

I’ve come to learn that God loves everyone the same way. Whether you’re slave or free person, Gentile or Jew God loves you. He would rather come to save those in darkness who have sinned, because those are the people worth and need saving. Why? Because we are all made in God’s image and no one is no less than another in God’s eyes. We may believe we are better than others, but that’s not how God sees. That to me is unconditional love. When Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins, it was for all people. This sinner who prays to God for forgiveness is the just one, because he seeks God’s mercy to change his evil ways. The Pharisee who boasts and says he is better than others is not just, because he puts himself above all. When you put others first and do it humbly that is true unconditional love which God asks of us. There is never enough we can do for God, and the main commandment is to love God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself.

Dear God, I ask for the strength of understanding towards love and humility. To not lose focus on what is at hand and to know you are the truth. Everything that I have in life is a blessing given from you and too not take it for granted. I ask for blessings for those in this world that need your light and unconditional love. No one person is more important than another as we are all created in your image with gifts and talents we should share. Let the Holy Spirit continue to be my guidance through your love and mercy as I ask all this through your son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Maricel’s Reflection

The phrase that stuck out to me in this gospel was, "for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” In today's day and age, many people think highly of themselves and credit their achievements all to themselves. The gospel reminds us to humble ourselves and remember that it is through Christ that we are who we are. In addition, we are called to be mindful and recognize our faults instead of constantly boasting. By recognizing and owning our faults we are able to grow and rebuild ourselves.