22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Gentle and humble of heart
God of might, giver of every good gift,
put into our hearts the love of your name,
so that, by deepening our sense of reverence,
you may nurture in us what is good and,
by your watchful care,
keep safe what you have nurtured.
Today’s readings are a mixture of exhortations to be gentle and humble in our own lives, and to give practical hospitality to the poor.
The First Reading gives advice on humility in our behaviour and warns against pride. A wise person is attentive to God and gentle in all aspects of our dealings with others.
The Psalm is a song of praise to the God who, in turn, is attentive to the orphan and widow, the poor and the lonely. The psalmist rejoices in the generous God who gives us new life.
The Second Reading, from Hebrews, is full of awe at the revelation of God’s power. We have been given Jesus as our mediator, and our home is the heavenly Jerusalem.
Jesus’s teaching in the Gospel is in the setting of a meal. His parable touches into our feelings of pride or shame and instructs us to be humble. Invitations to his banquet show a definite preference for the poor and lowly.
This week may we follow Jesus, who is ‘gentle and humble of heart’, in all that we say and do.