Gospel of the day: Matthew 23:1-12
Sometimes in life, things don’t go as planned. We don’t always get what we want nor think we deserve. In today’s Gospel, Jesus is telling us to basically suck it up. In this lifetime, we will meet many people who are demanding, overbearing, stubborn, or just straight up rude. When things don’t go our way, we can’t just turn the other cheek, we must acknowledge what has gone wrong (or just not our way) and see what lesson can be learned. In other words, we must be the bigger person.
‘But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” -Luke 6:27-28
While reading today’s Gospel, there are many themes throughout these verses, but one that stuck out to be was Matthew 23:12, “All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.”
This is a very popular verse, but to think of it in the day and age can be a bit more difficult. We live in a time where everyone is so focused on themselves. What they are wearing, how they look, and how other people portray them is all that matters. Oh, how wrong that is.
Everyone in this entire world is equal. That can be a hard concept to grasp.
In this Gospel, Jesus is telling us that because we are all equal, there is only One who is greater; GOD! This time of idolizing celebrities, fictional characters, or even animals has got to end. We must humble ourselves and recognize that the world doesn’t revolve around us and our earthly desires.
And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for: ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’- 1 Peter 5:5
Once you recognize this, your world will expand. You can begin to see the beauty and uniqueness that all 7.5 billion people in this world possess. And it’s spectacular!
Loving yourself is great! Don’t get me wrong, you must love yourself in order to love others! But putting others before yourself is what true humility means. Know when you’re wrong and stand up for yourself when you’re right! But above all, humble yourself and know you have one master, one Father in Heaven who loves YOU above all things.