22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C
In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus teaches His apostles to be modest and humble:
“For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
A good way to practice humility is through humor—to laugh at ourselves. Did you know that a lot of problems between people arise from their unwavering seriousness? Often we meet people who are so sensitive, and sometimes oversensitive. For someone who is so self-focused, even the smallest detail can be blown out of proportion. Therefore, if you experience that you are sensitive, then it is very important for you to try to laugh at yourself because a good sense of humor frees us from ourselves.
In order to take ourselves less seriously, it is important that we try to look at ourselves in the light of faith and think about how God loves us. Can you imagine what a great sense of humor God has?! He has chosen you to cooperate with Him in the great work of salvation! Is it not funny that he has chosen us? He, who is God, has chosen a simple husband, wife, parishioner, priest? He chose us and He loves us as we are. But, we cannot receive God’s love if we think too highly of ourselves—if we take ourselves too seriously. Let us laugh at ourselves, pray, and be sure that we are loved.
Yours in Christ,
Readings for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Lectionary 126
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