Cycle C

Good News C48

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“The Humble Will Be Exalted”

 Luke 18:9-14 New American Bible

Luke 18:9-14 New International Version Bible Gateway

             

                   

            In this parable today, Jesus was telling you that you should not go around judging people.  God is the judge of each person’s thoughts, words, and actions.  He gave you the Ten Commandments to help you follow in His path. God doesn’t want you to judge people by the color of their skin, the religion they profess, or the clothes they wear.  He doesn’t want you to say someone is dumb just because they don’t know what you know.  God doesn’t want you to brag that you are better than others. If you brag, you may soon be humbled.  You may quickly find that there are many people who know more and are better than you. 

You are a child of God.  You are not boastful.  You do not broadcast on the radio and television that you are 100% better than other people.  You work with a spirit of humility.  You may not be the best at your job, but you are trying the best you can. Those who push and shove to be first in line during their lifetime may find themselves at the back of the line going to Heaven.  They might even find that they are in the wrong line, the line leading to eternal torment instead of eternal joy and happiness. 

God gives judges to us to decide disagreements between people and to judge whether someone is guilty or not guilty in criminal cases.  Pray that God send us good judges who will help people obey the laws.  If you obey the Ten Commandments, you probably will not ever find yourself in a court of law on earth.  The court of law on earth is not the one to really worry about.  The court of God’s law at your death is the one to worry about.  At the end of your life, God will sit in the judge’s seat with you in front of him.  You will have no lawyers telling your side of the story.  You will have no witnesses to stand up for you.  It is just you and God.  He has a full, surround sound video of your life in his head.  He knows every thought, word, and action of your life.  He checks the record of your life.  If you were humble, kind, and non-judgmental, your chances are good for going to heaven to live with God forever in peace and happiness.  

            

Say the “Our Father” and ask God to give keep you from judging others.  Ask God to give you wisdom to be humble and respectful to everyone you meet in your life. 

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

                                                                                           

 

 

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