08-28-2022Weekly ReflectionFr. Aruldoss

Dear People of God,

First of all, I express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who worked for our St. Boniface Fall Festival. Thanks to God for the good weather. A Special thanks to our St. Boniface's PCCW ladies for their meticulous planning and execution. A big thanks to the all volunteers and all who came & supported this great Event.

On this twenty second Sunday, we are called to reflect on great Christian virtue ‘Humility’. It is an attribute and quality of God which all his children must strive to possess and live. The first reading speaks about the key to a successful fellowship with God, and of course, with one another. It advises us: “Behave humbly and you will find favor with the Lord.” This is absolutely right. Humility was a distinctive mark of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ our Lord. So, it must also be for us as Christians. It also reminds us that pride is a disease. However, the good news is that, it can be cured through the imitation of Christ’s humility.

In today’s gospel reading, Jesus teaches the importance of humility and simplicity in our Christian journey. In this regard, we have a lot to learn from the Blessed Virgin Mary who humbled herself. Her humility was so remarkable that God exalted her to be the Mother Mary of His Son. We must emulate the humility of Christ and Mary in order to be like them. There is nothing to lose by being humble. The book of Proverb tells us that: “Humility and the fear of the Lord brings wealth, honor, and life” (Prov 22:4). On the contrary, pride results in defeat and shame. Any spiritual life that is not based on humility will definitely be an empty one. This is because such a Christian will only work for himself, and without regards for others.

The Catechism of Cholic Church (No: 2559) also teaches us “Humility is the foundation of prayer.” Only a humble heart can come and prostrate before God in prayer. A humble person is always ready to ask for guidance from God and from others. He is also ready to listen, and learn from others. It takes humility to say please, and also, to ask for forgiveness. So, we need to practice the virtue of humility in our lives. Have a Happy Sunday!