Homily for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Theme: Humility and Inclusion
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Sunday September 1 2019
(Lk. 14:1, 7-14) Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel, on a Sabbath day, Jesus gave a teaching on humility and inclusion. Seeing the guests wanting to seat at places of honor, Jesus reminded them of the virtue of humbling oneself. Later, he followed it up with telling hosts to best invite those who have nothing to repay them with. These are two counter culural teachings. Humility did not rank high during the time of Jesus. Seeking honor was more the concern of the day. “Utang na loob,” seems to be the prevailing purpose of hosting and inviting guests. Jesus was not really concerned about dinner etiquette. He was telling His listeners about belonging and being worthy of the Kingdom.
Humility does not only mean lowering oneself. It is more of being in the proper place. Especially before the Lord, always being aware of one’s position before God, results to humility. God is Creator, we are His creatures. God is the Owner, we are His stewards. Humility, therefore, is truth! Knowing one’s meaning and purpose, leads to humility. We can now understand why Jesus said that humility exalts. Once we realize, accept, and live our true self, which is a creation of God to know, love, and serve Him, we become more like God’s children and obedient to His will.
Christianity is inclusion. Discrimination has no place in the Faith. This was apparent in Jesus’s society. Things had not change so much. Our society today is basically the same, if not worse. We need not enumerate them. More than exclusions because of sex, financial status, education, popularity, bloodline, etc., poverty and connections, are great causes of discrimination today. It is of great importance that we call our Christianity as Catholic. “Catholic” means universal. We regard our faith as inclusive and encompassing. We invite and welcome everyone in our faith. Our apostolates are not limited to the members of the faith. Every human being is a concern of our Church.
All of these are in the context of salvation. Human situations, for Jesus are reflective of the Kingdom. We have a lot to learn in what are happening to us now in relation to the Kingdom. Humbling oneself is a perfect and good step towards the Kingdom. Having an attitude and mind set of inclusion assure us of finding and entering the Kingdom.