Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop - Saturday, 4th November 2017
Reading 1, Romans 11:1-2, 11-12, 25-29
1 What I am saying is this: is it possible that Godabandoned his people? Out of the question! I too am an Israelite, descended from Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
11 What I am saying is this: Was this stumbling to lead to their final downfall? Out of the question! On the contrary, their failure has brought salvation for the gentiles, in order to stir them to envy.
25 I want you to be quite certain, brothers, of this mystery, to save you from congratulating yourselves on your own goodsense: part of Israel had its mind hardened, but only until the gentiles have wholly come in;
27 And this will be my covenant with them, when I take their sins away.
28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies, but for your sake; but as regards those who are God's choice, they are still well loved for the sake of their ancestors.
The Word of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 94:12-13, 14-15, 17-18
The Lord will not abandon his people.
12 How blessed are those you instruct, Yahweh, whom you teach by means of your law,
13 to give them respite in evil times, till a pit is dug for the wicked.
17 If Yahweh did not come to my help, I should soon find myself dwelling in the silence.
18 I need only say, 'I am slipping,' for your faithful love, Yahweh, to support me;
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
For I am meek and humble of heart.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel, Luke 14:1, 7-11
"Every one who exalts himself will be humbled"
1 Now it happened that on a Sabbath day he had gone to share a meal in the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely.
7 He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how they picked the places of honour. He said this,
8 'When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour. A more distinguished personthan you may have been invited,
10 No; when you are a guest, make your way to the lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes, he may say, "My friend, move up higher." Then, everyone with you at the table will see you honoured.
The Gospel of the Lord.
True humility frees us to love and serve selflessly for the good of others.
Reflection: Humility is the queen or foundation of all the other virtues because it enables us to view and judge ourselves correctly, the way God sees us. Humility leads to true self-knowledge, honesty, realism, strength, and dedication to give ourselves to something greater than ourselves. Humility frees us to love and serve others selflessly, for their sake, rather than our own. Paul the Apostle, gives us the greatest example and model of humility in the person of Jesus Christ, who emptied himself, taking the form of a servant,being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:7-8). The Lord Jesus gives grace - his abundant favor and help - to all who humbly seek him. Do you want to be a servant as Jesus served?
Prayer: "Lord Jesus, you became a servant for my sake to set me free from the tyranny of sin, selfishness, and conceit. Help me to be humble as you are humble and to love freely and graciously all whom you call me to serve." Amen.
Father, I put my life in Your hands (see Ps 31:6).