Celebrating Christmas by becoming Poor and Humble in Heart.

Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Advent
December 15, 2020
Today’s Readings:

Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13
Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19, 23
Matthew 21:28-32
bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/121520.cfm
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
bible.usccb.org/podcasts/audio/2020-12-15

For then will I remove from your midst
the proud braggarts,
And you shall no longer exalt yourself
on my holy mountain.
But I will leave as a remnant in your midst
a people humble and lowly,
Who shall take refuge in the name of the LORD:

Today’s readings specifically points out to those people who God called as his own and given a ministry of love and humility. One of the sentence touched me from the first reading : And you shall not exalt in my Holy Mountain. People of God has a tendency of thinking themselves superior compared to the people of the World. Preachers , Priests ,Religious, Holy men and Women of God can develop Spiritual Pride in their attitude, Jesus is reminding us his beatitudes today in the time of Advent to become Spiritually poor and adopt Humility , gentleness and meekness. The people of God in the old testament like Moses, David, Abraham were very humble though they encountered God personally and communicate with him face to face. St. Joseph and Mother Mary were perfect examples of righteous Parents of Jesus who considered themselves just like any other people of the World though they encountered God personally and were main People to carry out the plan of Salvation in this World.

We need to understand what is the true meaning of being Spiritually poor. We have a perfect example of Jesus , the Word of God and second person of the Trinity taking the form of a Human and living in the human poverty with St.Joseph the Carpenter and Mother Mary the House wife , his companions were illiterate fishermen, Prostitutes, Tax Collectors who were outcast in the Society. If the richest person of this World living in the slums of Africa, India or Bangladesh through out his life is what called being poor in heart. Mother Theresa did this in her life, Pope Francis is trying to live this life, St.Francis of Assisi lived this life and all the Saints of the Church have lived this life of poverty.

The Counterfeit of Humility is false Humility , acting like a humble person but within there so much Pride, Rebelliousness and disobedience . The Pharisees and elders of the synagogue were actors of humility or of agents of false humility , with in their heart there was so much Greed, Anger, and Pride. In this time of preparation to receive Jesus in our life, we must cleanse our heart from these double standard behavior. When we wish happy Christmas or send a Christmas greeting , we must ask a question to ourselves do we really mean what we say and greet. The humility gestures like Hello ..Hi.. Sorry..thank you. Good day .must come from the heart otherwise these words are a big insult to the person. Christmas is becoming Spiritually and materially poor by serving our relatives and friends like Jesus cared for his Parents, brothers and Sisters and his followers and Friends. Let us become humble before God and one another in this time of Christmas.

Prayer : Lord Jesus make poor and humble in heart Amen.

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