Reflection from Fr. Taylor: August 28, 2016

Reflection from Fr. Taylor: August 28, 2016, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

One of the realities of life is that most people are concerned about what others think of them. A high importance is put on reputation. There is nothing wrong with that, but at the same time we have to realize that what other people think is not the most important thing that should guide our moral actions.

First and foremost we have to be right with the Lord, and know that what we are doing is in accord with his will. When this is our priority others might not think so well of us. We could be criticized, put down, and embarrassed. Hospitality has to be an increasing priority in our church today. We must be welcoming especially to those who come into our midst, and welcome them as we would welcome Jesus. We treat others as we would want to be treated ourselves.

Everyone at God’s table is one of God’s children, and they are on the invitation list. If we really want to know where we stand with our neighbor, it is when we invite those who are not usually on the list, the sick, the poor, the troubled, and those who are looked down upon. These are our neighbors. Our church is their house as well, and our faith is something we want to share with them.

None of us knows fully where we stand with God, but we make an effort everyday to do the right thing. Remember in the banquet of Heaven the Lord chooses who will come and if we want to be on the list we have to take a look at who is on our list, and if we do this we will be repaid at the biggest dinner of all in the resurrection of the just.

 

 

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