Scripture: 1st Reading: Rom11,1-2,11-12,25-29; Resp. Psalm: Ps94,12-15,17-18; Gosp. Accl.: Mt11,29; Gospel: Lk14,1,7-11
God had a plan for His people. The plan was a comprehensive one for their salvation and overall good. That plan did not include their rejection. If the people were ever rejected, that would have been a consequence of their actions and rejection of the word of God.
The rejection of the word and the One sent by God, which the First Reading today called the "trespass" of the chosen people, led to extension of salvation to the gentiles who were not initially part of the promise. This trespass therefore meant riches for the gentiles.
This trespass was occasioned by a hardening of heart on the part of the chosen people. This hardness of heart made them incur the displeasure of God. This notwithstanding, as regards their election, they are beloved for the sake of the Patriarchs, who are their forefathers in the faith, because the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. Despite their disobedience, God will not abandon His people.
This is because God is faithful to His covenant. God maintains steadfast love in spite of the inconsistencies of the human partners. Having called and chosen them, He would not abandon the covenant He had made.
Mistakes are often made when one puts on the cloak of pride. Falls are round the corner when one exalts himself and forgets that all honours and glories belong to God who freely gives to those whom He wills. This is why our Lord repeatedly taught His disciples the lessons on humility and self abasement.
In the gospel passage of today, He taught them that they should never choose places of honour whenever they were invited to a marriage feast. This action would not only be immodest and proud, but it could turn out to be the grounds for disgrace because chances are that someone more important was equally invited whose presence would necessitate the ceding of one's position.
On the other hand, humility in all circumstances of life would open doors unto us. Humility would guarantee that we are never in the wrong place, company, state and situation. The life of St. Charles Borromeo gives us a classic example of Christian humility. He was a member of a very rich and powerful family, yet he devoted himself to the cafe of the flock entrusted to him, especially that of the poor and marginalized.
The life of St. Charles Borromeo was renowned because he was an ideal shepherd of the flock of God entrusted to him. He was totally dedicated to the service of the people and the care of the clergy. May God give us the grace to follow his example of holy life. May he intercede for us.
Today is my birthday. I thank the Lord for the wonder of my being, for the gift of life. May He continue to guide and protect my steps in the years to come. Please remember me in your prayers today. Thank you for being part of my history. God bless and keep you.
Let us pray: "Preserve in the midst of your people, we ask, O Lord, the spirit with which you filled the Bishop Saint Charles Borromeo, that your Church may be constantly renewed and, by conforming herself to the likeness of Christ, may show his face to the world." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.