In the first reading at Mass today, Saint Paul gives us a lesson in motivation. Namely he tells us that we should steer clear of self-aggrandisement and look first to others: “Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also everyone for those of others” (Philippians 2:3-4). In the Gospel, Our Lord tells us that those we should look to are not those who can increase our prestige or position, rather “the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind” (Luke 14:13). It seems to me that the message of Jesus and of Paul is the same: we should not be motivated by a desire to inflate ourselves, but to serve others, especially the weak.
What are your thoughts on today’s readings?