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Homily for August 28-29, 2010 22nd Sunday of the Year

posted Sep 9, 2010, 5:09 PM by St Marys Huntingburg   [ updated Sep 9, 2010, 5:21 PM ]

22nd Sunday of the Year
St. Mary´s, Huntingburg
August 28-29, 2010

"Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."

            Our God is a humble God.
All Powerful – yes.
All Knowing – yes.
Creator of heaven and earth – yes.
Lord of the living and of the dead – yes.
All of those  ... and more besides ... but, still:
Our God is a humble God.
            Our God is a humble God ...
because he loves his creatures ...
... and because he reaches down from the infinite heaven to help ...
... and because he  happily accepts gifts from us that add nothing to his greatness... that he needs not one bit.
Our God is a humble God because he is patient and forgiving and gracious ... to creatures and to sinners and ingrates ... like us.
            Our God is a mighty God ... but he is also a humble God.

            The Lord Jesus Christ is a humble Lord.
Yes ... He is  the Second Person of the Divine Trinity.
Yes ... He is the Only Begotten Son of God.
Yes ... He is risen from the dead and now crowned in glory ...
But our Lord is a humble Lord.
            He's a humble Lord ...because he chose to walk among us in human flesh with all of its weakness  ...
He's a humble Lord ... because he chose to rub elbows with sinners and outcasts and the poor ...
Our Lord is humble Lord because he chose to do the Father´s will ... to accept the Father´s will ... to accept death ...  a horrible death on the Cross ... for sinners ... the innocent for the guilty ... the master for the servants ... the teacher for the disciples.

All because our Lord is a humble Lord.
"Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."
        Pride made angels into devils.
The devils were angels around the high and glorious throne of God in heaven ...
.... but it was their pride that cast them down into hell.
            Pride forced Adam and Eve out of the Garden.
They lived in Paradise, walking with God in the Garden in the cool of day ...
But pridefully they ate from that Tree ...
And so, it was pride that cast our first parents out of Paradise.

"Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."
            Our Lord calls us all to humility ... and so he tells us this little parable in the Gospel today about people looking for places of honor at a banquet ... people who want to sit up front ... and be seen ... and get the attention of others.  Now that could be us ... you and me ... wanting for others to envy us because of what we have, or how welook, or how much we make, or what kind of car we drive or house we live in ... and that's pride.    But ... in the end ... that's really nothing ... that's a parlor game for real pride ... real pride runs far deeper than that ...
          Real pride is thinking that we know better than God himself ...
That's the pride of the angels ...
That's the pride of our first parents ...
Real pride is thinking that we know better than God ...
... when we think that we can just live our lives the way that we want ... rather than according to his commands and the teaching of his church ...
Real pride is thinking that our time is so precious ... so very precious that we can't give him the time to worshiphim and to praise him and to thank him every day ...
Real pride is thinking that if things don't go our way ... if we don't get what we think we need at this moment ... if things don't change when we want them to ... why obviously then God doesn't care ... or God doesn't exist ... or God is too stupid to know what really ought to happen ...
... because our plans and ideas and will ... are better than God's.
Now, that's pride ... that's real pride.
            Real humility before God means obedience to His commands, to the way of life taught by Jesus, to the teaching of his church ...
            Real humility means giving God the worship and praise and gratitude that is his due ... not because he needs it, but because we need to give it to him ... and because he deserves it.
Real humility means trust in God and surrender to His will and acceptance of the things in life that we just can't change ...   
            Because God is God ... and we are not.
 That's real humility before God ...
            And in humility, there's peace.
In fact, only in humility before God is there peace.
Because in humility, we make ourselves right before God ...
We accept him and ourselves and the world around us as a world of his making, in which he is master, which he rules with love ...
In humility, there is peace in this life ... and in humility, there is eternal peace in the life to come.

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