October 23, 2016 – Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time
…for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 18:14)
When I was in formation to become a deacon, one of our professors at St. Meinrad gave us this food for thought: “If you are spending any of your time thinking about whether or not you are humble, you’re not.”
Humble service means not “performing all their works in order to be seen” like the Pharisees. Rather, we work quietly behind the scenes to get things done, things done in service to others, with no thought of personal gain.
The Church emphasizes thinking beyond ourselves, considering the needs of others. In doing so, we offer up a piece of ourselves.
While we don’t serve in order to benefit ourselves, humble service to others does come with its own reward – resurrection and a new, eternal life.