Saturday, August 27, 2016

PROMOTION AND BEING PROMOTED



MY PERSONAL REFLECTION THIS SUNDAY 22nd  Sunday in ordinary time.

The gospel reading for today is taken from Luke 14:1-7; 14.  Many commentators have explained the need for humility and how our Lord taught us the importance of being humble.  But in this reading I would like to reflect on one dimension that sometimes failed to get the attention of our pastors.  In verse 14 it says, “Then he said to the host who invited him, “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.”  This verse calls for action with a futuristic end.  It says “for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”  How many of our pastors today still speaks about the resurrection?  About the future life?  Are our pastors directing us towards this end-time goal?  I seldom hear our pastors today speaks about sin, about hell and about heaven.  This tendency is even reflected in the way we conduct our liturgy.  At the end of the liturgy there is a long list of acknowledgement, thanking the servers, the choirs, the lectors and commentators for what they have done for the people of God during the Mass.  Have we forgotten, what our Lord said, “blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.
For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous”.  If we received acknowledgement for what we did today, we shall no longer be repaid in heaven because we have received our wages on earth.  If your right hand does something good, do not let the left hand know that your right hand is doing.  For your Father in heaven will reward you.  But if today you received your acclaim, then you have already received your reward.

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