HOMILY FOR SATURDAY 30TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A
THEME: Everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled.
SAINT OF THE DAY Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo
Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
READINGS OF THE DAY
Good morning dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate Saturday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time, Year A.
FROM OUR FIRST READING
In our first reading today, the apostle Paul continued in his discourse, comparing the actions of the Jews who have persecuted him and how these oppositions and persecutions did not actually make them to be truly evil and wicked. They are still after all the chosen and beloved people of God, with whom God had made His Covenant, and confirmed in His love. Despite their many sins, God still cared for them and loved them all patiently, showing them His love and mercy, calling them to return to Him and reminding them of the Law He had given and revealed to them, and the Covenant He had made with them. God has always shown His salvation to all, and He intended it to be given to all mankind, and not just to the Israelites alone, unlike what some among the Jewish people at that time thought.
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FROM OUR GOSPEL READING
The concluding words of Jesus in today’s gospel reading, ‘the man who humbles himself will be exalted’, are a kind of commentary on Jesus’ own life. Saint Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, says of Jesus that he ‘emptied himself, taking the form of a slave… and being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death… Therefore God highly exalted him’. Jesus humbled himself, in the sense that he emptied himself in the service of others and in the service of God, even to the point of giving his life. God’s response to Jesus’ self-emptying, his humbling, was to exalt him, by raising him from the dead.
At the end of this gospel reading, Jesus declares that what is uniquely true of his own life is true of all our lives. It is in emptying ourselves, in humbling ourselves, for the Lord and for each other that we will be exalted by God. It is in giving that we receive. The fellow guests of Jesus in the gospel reading were more in the business of getting than giving – getting recognition, honour, and prominence. Their priority was to exalt themselves. Jesus suggests that when we try to exalt ourselves we block God’s life-giving work in our lives. As Mary sings in her Magnificat, it is the lowly that God exalts. It is those who allow God to have God’s way in their lives rather than insisting on their own way who will be honoured by God. Such honour is the only honour worth having.
The Lord be with you!
In todays mass i pray for the external rest in God of the following departed brothers and sisters
1. Andrea Mwaanga
2. Veronica Mwaanga
3. Joseph Mwaaanga
4. Deacon Anthony Chanda
5. Priscilla chilufya
6. Albina mumba
7. Lwisa Mateo
8. Dennis Biemba Kayongo
10. Mukonda Biemba
13. Ngila Biemba
Eternal Rest grant to them O Lord our God.
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