Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today’s message is one of humility – not a characteristic that the secular world seems to value very much any more. The prophet Zephaniah reminds us that we are of humble beginnings and we should remain humble, seeking refuge in the Lord. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul echoes this point by reminding the people that God exalts the humble and lowly, and reduces those who boast to nothing. And finally, in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus drives the point home in his sermon on the mount. The beatitudes call us each to a humble life; we must remember to put others first and to reduce ourselves to nothing. Only then can we truly need God. While the world around us encourages us to do all we can to be the best and have the best, Jesus makes it very clear that we must make sacrifices; we must die to self; we must love others first. The reward is in heaven.