MONDAY OF THE THIRTY-FIRST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME NOVEMBER 5, 2018
O Lord, my heart is not proud,
nor are my eyes haughty;
I busy not myself with great things,
nor with things too sublime for me.
Nay rather, I have stilled and quieted
my soul like a weaned child.
Like a weaned child on its mother's lap,
so is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in the Lord,
both now and forever.
God has equipped us with spiritual, intellectual, physical, and material gifts and talents in different degrees. We may have worked for some of their fruits, but God provided the means and circumstances to obtain them.
Do we seek admiration, praise and acknowledgement for our qualities, good actions, or achievements? Do we aspire to reach positions beyond our God given capabilities?
Do we acknowledge who we truly are, our misery, our limitations, as well as the emptiness of human praise and recognition?
After having become the king of Jews, the maximum possible honor that he could aspire to on earth, David reflects on the irrelevance of the glories of this world: “I busy not myself with great things, nor with things too sublime for me. Nay rather, I have stilled and quieted my soul like a weaned child. Like a weaned child on its mother's lap, so is my soul within me”. (Psalm 131)
Let’s silence those voices that continuously repeat “I”, “me”, “with me”, “for me”, “to me”, “myself”. Let’s be still and quiet. Let us be thankful for Jesus’ humility and generosity, without which none of us would have been saved, and let’s seek Jesus’ love and approval, and beg him to continuously live within us.