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In the simple fact that… August 30, 2010

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We are told to humble ourselves. In today’s world, we more often than not find ourselves “choosing the places of honor at the table”, thinking that in these places we may find high regard. The admiration that we seek, I now realize, is not in the high positions where we put ourselves but it is in existence when we choose to sit at the lowest place. At a banquet, as it was told by Jesus in the gospel, when we sit at the lowest place, there is a probability of being asked to move to a higher position and so we could then enjoy the esteem from our companions, but when we sit at a place of honor when somebody else has been invited for that position, we may be asked to move down and give our seat to that person and we proceed to embarrassment.

Also, Jesus said to the host of the banquet, “When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Every day we work very hard for something in return. We sacrifice for the things that we love, but we expect payment. We must learn now to give and not want anything in return. I think that even though we are pre-occupied with the cares of this world, we must find time to take a breather to realize that the good things in life are not the gifts that we receive in return when we do something for someone, but instead they are found in the simple fact that we do give, and we do sacrifice.

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

 

                                                Megan

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my reflection of the gospel Lk 14:7-14

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The gospel talks about Humility and Pride. All men in the world have pride. He is afraid of humiliation and will fight to be on top and be master of all. We all have those moments, because we are human. We all need to learn that being humble will really do us good. We should be aware of what we can do, and what we can do to do the things we think we cannot do. We should be aware that there are people around us and we are all the same and we are all equal in the eyes of God. When we position ourselves in a high stature, we may be humiliated because other people think that we are not supposed to be there. So it is better to keep ourselves humbled, in order to keep ourselves from embarrassment and sin, for pride is one of the Seven Deadly Sins.

The second part of the gospel talks about generosity. We all should share our blessings for there are some unfortunate people who need our kindness and generosity. God said that He is in our poor brothers and sisters. We should not only share our blessings with people who we think can repay us. We should share what God has given us with the poor and unfortunate when we get the opportunity, for we are all equal and we should help each other out in time of need.  You should not expect anything in return when you offer help or anything, for the reward will be in Heaven, as what the gospel says.

-Armin D. Narciso Jr.

 

Reflection

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Today, people are looking for shortcuts to salvation. There are no shortcuts and no easy way except through Jesus. Jesus is the only religious founder who said that He is the only way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him. In Christian doctrine, they say that salvation is a rescue or deliverance of humanity from a specific condition and from a specific destination. People tend to save themselves from separation from the Creator, one way of saving their souls is attaining good deeds, perhaps making good action towards fellowmen. Following the Creator’s path, sacrificing, and especially doing what is authentically good for myself and for others may greatly help in salvation.

-Alfred Chavez

 

Reflection I: Humility

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8/29/2010 Gospel: Luke 14:1, 7-14

Humans always have that typical desire to strive higher, become the best, and rule everything. Yet in the end, it all falls down. Pride always gets into our ego, in the end we never get enough, and it has many consequences.

The gospel tells us that those who stay humble will be honored in the end. It means that we must be patient, selfless, accepting, and never give in to our ego. The gospel talks about the virtue of humility and that we should always love one another for through this we are humbled. We should not build walls where only our friends can only enter but rather build bridges and expand our love to others. I learned that we should never display favoritism because how can we create peace when we only think about ourselves and a few? Humility takes away arrogance because arrogance is one of the signs of pride.

We should never think highly of ourselves, and that we should say “I have learned it from my teacher” rather than “I just know it”. Humility is also being honest because how can you be humble if you lie when lying is not accepting one’s self? It is also a virtue of respect where one regards someone or something with a positive insight.

Humility is the heart of the Seven Heavenly Virtues. Because when one learns humility or the 6 other virtues (namely Chastity, Temperance, Charity, Diligence, Patience, and Kindness) he/she has now followed God’s most holy path.

– Nikko Palma

 

Guests in God’s Grace

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Reflection on Luke 14:1.7-14

The gospel tells us about humility. True humility is when we accept who we truly are as person. Humility comes from the Latin word humus, which means soil. We should all remember that we all came from soil and it is through God’s breath that we came to life and when we die we shall become soil again. We are nothing compared to God who is the creator. So all of us who are created by him are at par and equal with each other therefore no one is greater than the other in the eyes of God, so we shouldn’t have our pride bloat our minds with a sense of superiority towards others. We should stay humble with what we have and what we may have done because in larger scale of things the only thing worth praising by the people around you are the works of God because everything that has been given to you is given by God not by you. He crafted the beauty that you are now. Everything you may think you have earned has been given to you not made possible by you. When we die, our body withers and decays and so do the things we posses. The only thing we take to heaven is our soul and an unseen transcript of records of what we have done. So, who are we to be proud with what is not made by us? We are but guests in God’s world, as guests we shall take the lowest seat and this does not only apply to only God’s presence but to everyone we may meet. Stay humble and God won’t find any reason to  reject  you out of his home  🙂

-Glenn Dale M. Desquitado-

 

BE HUMBLE AND PRAY

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Luke 14:1.7-14

Here, Jesus develops a biblical proverb inviting us to be modest in social gatherings. This behavior befits God’s children. Whatever the area of human activity may be, we should let others seek the first place than stepping on other people. It is much more humiliating when you went to the first place and went down in the last place than you came from the last place and has been transferred to the first place because the host told you that you are important. We didn’t know that there are people who are much more important than us.   We know that what matters is not what is seen. God knows how to exalt the humble and place them where it best suits him. Moreover, when we go from the earth to the kingdom of heaven, there will be changes in who occupies the first places. Someone who was a pope or a bishop may count less than an old lady selling newspaper.

People especially we Filipinos like celebrating fiestas. Most people will invite their brothers and especially their wealthy neighbors in order for them to be invited also when their neighbors will celebrate an occasion. But the right way is that you must invite those who are needy and poor. Why?  Simply because you are inviting people with a good intention and not expecting them to repay you from the kindness that you did. You are inviting them because you cared for them. It is true that they can’t repay you financially or invite you in their occasions but you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. We must always remember that it is better to be humble and let others recognize you than having too much pride and try to fit in, in the wrong position that you think suits you.

(Steffany Ann G. Caiban)

 

Be good and do good.

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The gospel reminded me of one of God’s first requests to his children. That is to be good and do good. To be good is to be humble. Since we were young we were always told that we should be confident with ourselves and our abilities as individuals. Yet there are always times when we become overconfident and even arrogant. We become egoistic and think the world revolves around us. The gospel taught me never to assume that I am the most important person in any given occasion because that is never true. There will always be someone better or more significant than us in life and that we must accept that.

To do good is to do help someone simply because you want to and you do not expect anything in return. By now many of us should realize how fortunate we are. We have a home, a family and the opportunity to attain good education. Other children our age are currently searching for food, begging on the streets or are living under huts made of cardboard boxes. If God willed it, we could have been like them but He has chosen to show us with many blessings. In return He simply asks us to share them. I realized that God is telling us to help anyone and everyone in need, whether we know them or not. We should especially help the poor because they need our help the most. Do not mind if they cannot repay you for God will do so in Heaven.


[ Shasta Grace D. Tiro ]