In our political and commercial world, it appears that humility is not a virtue. In today's Gospel, Jesus tells us otherwise. As we gathers for worship today at our loving God's invitation, it might be good to step back from advertisements and exhortations that encourage us to exalt ourselves, and instead pray for the humility of Christ in our daily interactions. Our first reading and Gospel deliver a very clear message about practicing what we preach. Imagine being a scribe or Pharisee and hearing Jesus tell the people to ignore what you do and only do what you preach! As we hear this word, let us each examine our own lives. Do we do what God asks of us, or do we only pay lip service to God's commands?
When I take about the ministry I undertake in my community of faith, how can I ensure that it always reflects the word of God and not my own agenda?