Autor: Fr. Patrick Butler, LC | Fuente: Sacerdos Institute 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C
July 28, 2007. Homily. Readings: Ecclesiasticus 35:15-17, 20-22; Psalm 34; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14.
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C Readings: Ecclesiasticus 35:15-17,
20-22; Psalm 34; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14 Author: Fr.
Patrick Butler, LC
THEME OF THE READINGS The Readings from the
Book of Ecclesiasticus and the Gospel of Luke show us
that God sees the heart and is not fooled by
exterior appearances. The person who humbles himself, recognizing his own
frailty and poverty while reaching out to God, will be
heard in his needs. In his Second Letter to Timothy,
we see Paul´s humility expressed in his confidence in God´s
presence and action in the face of sufferings and imprisonment.
He was strong to the end because he recognized his
littleness, turning toward the Lord who, "stood by me and
gave me strength."
DOCTRINAL MESSAGE Humility moves God, while pride is
repugnant to him. The author of the Book of Ecclesiasticus
refutes the notion that the rich are favored by God
while the poor are despised by him. This exterior way
of judging is tainted by our human way of seeing
things. God goes to the heart of the matter, to
the human heart where a person keeps his treasure. There
God sees if he is a person´s treasure or if
the person is self-centered or creature-centered. The humble person recognizes
his radical dependence on God; he therefore pierces heaven with
his prayers and keeps on until God responds, since without
God he knows how helpless he is. God is our
Father and, seeing that childlike dependence, he is quick to
The Gospel once again shows Jesus who sizes up his
audience and presents a parable to them. In this
case, he addresses himself to some independent, self-righteous individuals, who
esteemed themselves to be just and others to be despicable.
Jesus makes the lesson taught in Ecclesiasticus into a drama
that places two men before God in prayer. The Pharisee
prays a false prayer of thanksgiving to God. He really
just gloats of his own personal achievements by which he
believes to be just. He has no need of God
to respond to his prayer, since he has no needs
outside of what he can provide himself. His "thanksgiving" goes
so far as to express gratitude for not being a
worthless lout like the miserable tax collector behind him in
the Temple. There is no love of God or of
neighbor in his prayer. The tax collector´s prayer, on the
other hand, is one of supplication and the sincerity its
expression pierces heaven. He recognizes his indignity and misery before
God. He compares himself to no one, sure that he
is the person most in need of God´s grace. He
goes away justified, which is to say that God forgives
his sins and renews him. The Pharisee saw no need
to ask for justification, since he had perfected himself.
Second Reading St. Paul appears to be very sure of
himself. He believes that he will receive "a crown of
righteousness." However, his attitude is radically different from that of
the Pharisee in the Gospel parable. Paul knows his nothingness.
All the good that he has been able to do,
to "fight the good fight" and to "run the race
to the finish," has been made possible by God´s help
and has been done before God, without looking to be
exalted before men. Although he seems sure of being rewarded,
he recognizes the reward as coming from God, not himself.
His affirmation at the end of the reading summarizes this
attitude: "The Lord will rescue me from all evil and
bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be
glory forever and ever."
PASTORAL APPLICATIONS Many people do not pray
because they do not know how to. One of the
principle obstacles is a lack of a filial attitude towards
God, recognizing oneself as a son or a daughter of
God. This attitude results from a basic attitude of humility
by which we accept the truth that we are creatures.
A creature has been placed in existence by Another, God.
He has received all that he has and is.
By recognizing our fragility, our sinfulness, we discover the second
essential way of expressing humility.
With these two expressions of humility
the truths that we are creatures and sinners
in place, we are ready to address God in prayer.
We are ready to need him, to thank him, to
adore him, to ask him forgiveness. Thus, we discover the
classical four subjects of prayer: petition (asking God for
what we need), thanksgiving (being grateful for what we have
received), adoration (recognizing who God is and giving him the
homage of our whole heart) and penance (asking forgiveness for
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