My Dear St. Bernadette Family,
Today’s gospel states that it is addressed to “those who believe in their own self-righteousness while holding everyone else in contempt.” Does that sound like us? You maybe, but certainly not me. There is a funny irony to this statement. Those who think it does not apply to them are the self-righteous and those who assume it is addressed to them are not.
Self-righteous people are blind to their own faults. This is the weight behind their judgments (holding others in contempt). Humility is the lesson and the value we are taught to seek. Humility is tied essentially to last weeks lesson on gratitude. God is so very good to us. We are not so good to God. We keep exalting ourselves for our accomplishments, while it is God who has made them possible in the first place.
Our reflections these months have been on the call for the disciple to be a good steward of God’s gifts. The more we are humble, the more we will give and the less we will be judgmental of others. This is called in the gospel “righteousness.” Right living, right relationships with God and people. This is the source of the deep, deep joy that only a true disciple of Jesus will know. The self-righteous have no clue.
Let’s not keep this secret to ourselves. Share your joy and the reason for your joy in a gentle, non-judgmental invitation to others to join in.
Sunday’s Readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102316.cfm