Categories: HomiliesPublished On: October 31st, 2022Tags: , 329 words10 min read
Others As More Important Than Yourself

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Here are links to our readings for the day:

Others As More Important Than Yourself

Really? Yes, there it is in Philippians. Consider others as more important than yourself.

As we approach Tuesday we have been inundated with political ads. Most of them painting their opponent as a horrible, undesirable person. Portraying their opponent as someone who wants to take advantage of you. They dig some comment made twenty, thirty years ago and then state it entirely out of context.  Supposedly this makes them feel more important or more concerned for their constituents, or more important than their opponent because they are better than others.

Then we read Philippians today. We are told to consider others as more important than we are. That we should consider other needs and desires greater than what we need or desire. Really? Can we really do that?

I would respond yes! Emphatically, yes! We can place others as more important than ourselves if we learn how to live in the same way Jesus loves us. And that is tough. And it takes time.  And it takes patience. And it doesn’t happen overnight. As you think about this where are you on the scale of others versus yourself? What needs to change in your life?

All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween, is the vigil of All Saints (All Hallows) Day, which is a major feast on the liturgical calendar and a Holy Day of Obligation. Halloween (October 31st) is connected with All Saints Day (November 1st) and All Souls Day (November 2nd). These three days are the “Days of the Dead,” a triduum also known as Allhallowtide or Hallowmas, reminding the faithful of the reality of heaven and hell; the communion of saints; and our obligation to pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen