Read: Phil. 1:18-26, Ps. 42:2-3,5, Luke 14:1,7-11

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11)

A simple way of understanding the meaning of pride is giving ourselves credit for that which is not ours. To be proud is to assume that we are what we are by our own power or that the Grace of God is no longer responsible for our goodness. One way to know if you are proud is going for an occasion and assuming you are more important than others.

The moment we begin to see ourselves as better than others, the moment we begin to talk badly about others as “good-for-nothings,” God teaches us a lesson; He humiliates us before their very eyes.  Like the host of a party, God politely asks us to step aside and he does it in so many ways.

The so-called good-for-nothing now becomes your helper. The one you taught would amount to failure now becomes crucial to your own success. The one you considered to be poverty-stricken who used to come to you to beg suddenly become richer than you. We see these things happening every day.

As one musician sang: “Life is turn by turn.” Don’t ever assume that others do not or will never have what it takes to make it big as well. That you are “somebody” today does not give you the right to call a fellow human being a “nobody.”

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, cleanse me from the blindness of pride. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Saturday of week 30 in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: Phil. 1:18-26, Ps. 42:2-3,5, Luke 14:1,7-11)

© Rev. Fr. Evaristus Abu