Commentary on the Readings for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
“‘For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted” (Gospel).
Jesus reveals His Love by curing the victim of dropsy (pictured at the left). Love overcomes all human obstacles. The humble man does not, of course, expose his talents to the contempt of others. But he does recognize that every best gift is from above, loaned not for himself alone, but for his less favored neighbor as well.
For this reason I bend my knees to the Father (Epistle), exclaims St. Paul, as he reflects on His glorious riches: how Divine love PURGES us by strength through His Spirit, ILLUMINATES us through our faith and then UNITES us in Christ’s love. . .unto. . .the fullness of God. Humbly must we recognize the power that is at work in us.
Excerpted from My Sunday Missal, Confraternity of the Precious Blood