The first reading at Mass today, the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary time, offers very simple practical advice.
My son, be gentle in carrying out your business, and you will be better loved than a lavish giver.
The greater you are, the more you should behave humbly, and then you will find favour with the Lord; for great though the power of the Lord is, he accepts the homage of the humble.
There is no cure for the proud man’s malady, since an evil growth has taken root in him. The heart of a sensible man will reflect on parables, an attentive ear is the sage’s dream.
It is advice in the art of being human. Sometimes we are so taken up with ‘how Jesus is God’ that we neglect to give equal attention to ‘how Jesus is human’. It is in living our humanity to the full, fulfilling its every potential for love and care, that we are helped – by God’s grace – to progress in holiness, to deepen our lived communion with Jesus: Fully human, fully divine.
- Where / How / When might you be more human?
Fresco. Palais des Papes, Avignon. (c) 2015), Allen Morris