Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Zep. 2:3, 3:12-13 | Ps 146: 6-10 | 1Cor. 1: 26-31 | Mt. 5: 1-12a

The readings today call us to remember our roots.  Doing so will humble us.  Humility is a great virtue that means truthfulness.  If we honestly take stock in who we are, we will come to realize the truth that all we are, have and breathe comes to us from God.  Thus, we will do no wrong and speak no lies or make ourselves greater than we are.  Paul speaks to this in his letter to the Corinthians.  He tells us that God did not choose the strong and haughty but rather the weak and despised of the world to bring about His work.  Paul reminds us that “Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.”  Jesus takes us to another level when He gives us the Beatitudes on the Mount.  Each of these beatitudes calls us to look in a new way at those whom others would despise and take their attitudes to heart as we live each day.

Spend time in quiet reflection on the virtue of humility. Is it a virtue you seek?  Why or why not?  How can you grow in living the truth that you are totally God’s?  Begin to do so today.

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