August 27 - Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time : Take the Lower Place

August 24th, 2016

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First Reading  Isaiah 66:18-21
Nations of every language shall come to see my glory.


Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 117:1-2
Praise the Lord, all you nations.


Second Reading  Hebrews 12:5-7,11-13
Whom the Lord loves, he disciplines. 


Gospel Reading
Luke 13:22-30 


In the Gospel of Luketoday we also hear Jesus talking about humility. Our Gospel acclamation todaysays “I am meek and gentle of heart.” Indeed this quality of humility is onefor which Jesus is very much a role model. We often talk about how Jesuslowered himself to become like us – a God becoming a man! How much more humblecould he be? So when Jesus talks about humility we know that he is “walking thetalk”! This idea is actually a theme in Luke, and it is the same theme that weread in the first reading: The greater you are, the more you must humbleyourself; so you will find favor in the sight of the Lord. Luke startedthis theme in the first chapter with the beautiful Magnificat of Mary we heardtwo weeks ago: He has filled the hungry with good things and the rich he hassent away empty. He will end it with Jesus at the Last supper taking on therole of servant.