October 29, 2016
Sat 8 am
Phil 1:18B-26; Psalm 42; Luke 14:1, 7-11
In the first reading St. Paul is writing to the Philippians from prison while awaiting his imminent death. But even though he knows what is going to happen to him he still rejoices because the Gospel of Christ is being proclaimed. He says, “With all boldness, now as always, Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.” The most important thing to Paul is that Jesus Christ is glorified through him.
St. Paul uses an interesting word “magnify”. To magnify means to make larger in size, to enlarge. I remember when my parents gave me a magnifying glass when I was a kid and we loved to look at bugs and plants and things. You could see every part very clearly…But St. Paul is saying that through his life, by the Spirit, Jesus is magnified or enlarged for all to see, He is made clear…As disciples of Christ we too are called to “magnify” the Lord in our lives so that all will see Christ through our words and our deeds so that He will be glorified.
One way to magnify Christ is through humility as we heard in today’s Gospel. Jesus tells the parable about not choosing the best places of honor for yourself but to choose the lower place. And He says, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Humility in Christ is the opposite of pride. It is not thinking too highly of yourself while looking down on others. Humility in Christ puts the other first ahead of ourselves, it thinks of the others needs before our own. When we live in humility in the example of Jesus we magnify God for all to see.
Let St. Paul’s words be ours, “With all boldness, now as always, Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.” The most important thing to Paul was that Jesus Christ be glorified. May it be our priority also!