Christ promises us that "the man who humbles himself will be exalted" [...] Only humility can dispose us to want what the Lord offers and be ever receptive to his mercy in our midst [...] Humility and trust are what make a person truly human(Pope Benedict XVI).
R. God, in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor.2nd Reading:
The Lord wants to give us a grace that exceeds even the love of a parent, spouse or child. The kind of detachment that Jesus calls for in the Gospel, disposes us to receive all that God is eager to give us. We are enabled to be conformed to Christ under the sign of the cross.
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.2nd Reading:
Christ welcomes sinners and eats with them because only that closeness with Christ's human presence can change a sinner into a saint. "I used to... do all I could to injure and discredit the faith. Mercy, however, was shown me...the grace of our Lord filled me with love." St Paul
R. I will rise and go to my father.2nd Reading:
1 Timothy 1:12-17Gospel:
The man that is dishonest in little things will be dishonest in great." Each new moment brings us a new choice. God "wants everyone to be saved and reach full knowledge of the truth. With hands lifted up in prayer, we ask to become people to whom God can entrust great things.
R. Praise the Lord who lifts up the poor.2nd Reading:
1 Timothy 2:1-8Gospel:
To steer clear of the temptation that wealth brings, we must be saintly, filled with faith & love."The King of kings and Lord of lords" dwells in unapproachable light - a light that He shares with us so that we will in turn share what we have with the poor who dwell in our midst.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!2nd Reading:
1 Timothy 6:11-16Gospel: