He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’
But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
There was a man in our parish who was 75+ years old. He served the parish as a sacristan. He was also the driving force behind creating and organizing our parish block party, our Lenten fish fry, and our annual parish retreat. He never waved a flag — “Look what I have done or what I am involved with.” He just did it.
Even after his passing we learned about other works he was involved with — prison ministry, food banks, and so forth. He also became more involved as a father and grandfather after his wife had died. And did I mention a World War II
veteran? He never waved a flag. This man was one of the most spiritual, strong, and classy men I have ever met. His everyday example helped many others keep the faith during difficult and faith-testing times. He never waved a flag — he just did it!
“He who exalts himself will be humbled; he who humbles himself will be exalted.” I miss you, Bob!
—Bill Burke has been a member of the Midwest Jesuit advancement team for three years; he is currently
on a leave of absence.
Oh God, I wish from now on
to become more conscious
of all that the world loves, pursues, and suffers.
I want to be the first to seek,
to sympathize, and to suffer;
the first to unfold and sacrifice myself:
to become more widely human
and more nobly of the earth
than any of the world’s servants.
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.Please share the Good Word with your friends!