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Today’s readings focus on humility. In the first reading from Philippians 2, St. Paul tells us to “humbly regard others as more important than yourselves.” In the Gospel reading from Luke 14, Jesus gives instruction to a Pharisee who invited Him to dinner.

“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.” Our natural inclination is to do things for those who do (or will do) nice things for us. Jesus asks us to think differently.

Humility can be a difficult thing to describe or define. I believe St. Paul gives us the perfect definition. A humble person is one who regards others as more important than himself. They think of others first, happy not to be in the limelight. In my book Magnetic Christianity, in which one of the attributes of a Magnetic Christian is humility, I put it like this: the humble person is other-centered. Who will we put first today?

Father, forgive us for our selfishness. Grant us humility, that we may be other-centered today and every day. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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