The golden thread that runs through the readings today, Philippians 2:1-4 and Luke 14:12-14, is humility.
Humility can be difficult to describe. Is it being quiet and introspective? Just because someone doesn’t make a lot of noise does not necessarily mean that they are humble. So what is it? I think we see it come into focus very clearly in the first reading. “Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also everyone for those of others.”
In my book, Magnetic Christianity, I list humility as one of the eleven attributes of the Magnetic Christian. In fact, this passage from Philippians 2 is one that I highlight in the book. In the Gospel reading today, Jesus tells a Pharisee to invite people to his banquets who cannot repay him – not necessarily in a monetary way, but rather a I’ll-scratch-your-back-and-you-scratch-mine sort of way. Humility is all about being other-centered. When we stop always looking out for #1, when we stop insisting that the universe revolve around us, then we begin to allow the seeds of humility to blossom in our lives.
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