Living Out Humility

October 29, 2016
Saturday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Luke 14:1, 7-1

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees,
and the people there were observing him carefully.

He told a parable to those who had been invited,
noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table.
“When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet,
do not recline at table in the place of honor.
A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him,
and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say,
‘Give your place to this man,’
and then you would proceed with embarrassment
to take the lowest place.
Rather, when you are invited,
go and take the lowest place
so that when the host comes to you he may say,
‘My friend, move up to a higher position.’
Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table.
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

REFLECTION (Sem. Carmelo V. Pocdol)

One of my unforgettable experiences as a teacher was to commit a mistake during a class discussion on a particular topic. I unintentionally mentioned a wrong capital city of an ancient civilized country. A student raised his hand and asked if it was really the correct one. He pointed the correct city based on a reliable source. I apologized for the mistake. What is worthy to remember with that experience is that I taught my students with a important lesson which they have to learn in studying human history- to be humble by admitting one’s mistake.

Every time we end a school year, I always ask my students to write a lesson that left a significant mark in them in the course of our class. One of the students wrote, “ I will never forget the lesson of humility, not just the one exemplified by Mahatma Gandhi, but, most especially, my capacity to be humble before my classmates despite the pressure.”

The value of humility is taught through examples in our daily lives. It is not only taught by teachers, it can also be taught by a student who adhere the teachings of Christ. It is always elating to have students manifesting humility in the school and specially at home as revealed by their parents.

The greatest lesson is taught by Jesus Christ in our Gospel passage today – to be humble so that you will be exalted. I have to humble myself so that others may grow. Just as what Jesus did, he humbled himself so that we will be saved and be exalted.

The seminary formation is a venue to live out this teaching of Jesus Christ. As a priest in process, all seminary aspects of living are opportunities to respond to this invitation of Christ: to be humble always so that it will be God who will be exalted.

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