Sunday 28 August 2022

About Today Readings

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ecclesiasticus 3:17-20, 28-29. God, in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor – Psalm 67(68):4-7, 10-11. Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24. Luke 14:1, 7-14.

Behave humbly, and you will find favour with the Lord

Often as children we can’t wait to be adults. We want to choose what we eat and when we go to bed. We want to tell people what to do – we want what is often an illusory power. My daughter once said she wanted to be the ‘boss’ so she wouldn’t have to work so hard (she’d probably been asked to tidy her room). I explained that the best bosses were the ones that worked the hardest. They cared for their employees and their business, shouldered the larger burden, praised when praise was earned and chided gently when things went awry. Today’s readings all speak of the importance of being humble in the presence of the Lord. While the Gospel is good advice to save yourself embarrassment in a social situation, it is the first reading that captures my attention today. Power, whether at home, work, or in society, is not for you to wield for your benefit but for the benefit of all. ‘From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded’ – Luke 12:48.

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