The Counterculture of Humility

August 23, “The Counterculture of Humility” Luis de Leon Matt. 23:1-12

Last night I had a young guy who was sick and desperately needed to go to the bathroom. I took him into a restaurant on the Haight, and I had to buy a sixteen dollar meal for him to go to the restroom. I was told by the hostess–“You know people need to know they have to pay for everything, so if they don’t have money they should leave now.” Another mentally challenged 23 year old has been told he will have to leave his housing that he has had for a year because of the Ellis Act.

We are the City of St. Francis, but I wonder where he would go to the bath room or sleep if he was here–he has no money; where would Jesus go to the rest room or live–he has no money.

Dr. Will Tuttle sums it up:

We have all been born into a herding culture that commodifies animals, and we have all been affected by the cruelty, violence, and predatory competitiveness that our meals require and that our culture embodies. We’ve also been taught to be loyal to our culture and relatively uncritical of it, to disconnect from the monumental horror we needlessly perpetuate, and to be oblivious to the disastrous effects this has on every level of our shared and private lives.

Whether we want to face it or not we are all responsible, and it begins with us to change. The Gospel today talks of humility and reminds us: “All who lift themselves up will be brought low. But all who make themselves low will be lifted up.” Matt. 23:12

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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