I Am Superior Than You!
Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop
Scriptural Readings: Rom 11:1-2a, 11-12, 25-29; Psalm 94:12-13a, 14-15, 17-18;
My dear encountered couples:
Dangers, dangers everywhere! You’ve heard that before. One of the dangers is allowing ourselves to feel superior to others. Have you ever felt superior to anyone? I’ll bet we all have.
Jesus saw that people were scrambling to sit in the places of honor at a dinner he was attending. Why were they doing that? So, they would look more important to those who were not sitting in those places of honor. The closer to the host, to the celebrity, to the guest of honor, the more important they would appear to those farther away. That would make them feel superior.
Ever sit in the first row at a play or a concert? Did that make you feel superior to the people behind you? Especially to those who had to stand way back in the back? Would you like to ride in a limousine with dark windows? Would that make you seem superior to the guy in the rent-a-wreck? Do you not only try to keep up with the Joneses but try to stay ahead of them - a bigger house, bigger pool, bigger car? Why? Does that make you superior?
A political appointee in Washington was once quoted as referring to all of us as “peasants.” Seems he felt superior because of his influential position. I guess he forgot that we “peasants” are the ones who pay his salary. The rich feel superior to the poor, the powerful superior to the powerless, the beautiful to the not so pretty. Little children feel superior to their pet hamsters. Suppose the bag lady with the shiny grocery cart feels superior to the woman with the rusty one? Why do we strive after superiority?
“Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,” Jesus said, “but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” What do you suppose he meant by that?