rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves,
each looking out not for his own interests,
but also for those of others.
Have in you the same attitude
that is also in Christ Jesus,
Who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped.
Philippians 2: 3-6
Gospel for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Matthew 21: 28-32
Each day I see the goodness of life, the joy of celebrating life, the fullness of life. Who teaches me that? I see it mainly in those I serve- my students. I look at my students, their relaxed and easy going attitude, their willingness to learn new things...You know. These students just amaze me! They are the reason I am who I am today. Without my students teaching me life values, I may not be as rich as I am today; rich with life, rich with happiness, rich with willingness to head on towards the future.
Many asked me, "Brother Kenneth, where do you get that strength to be so YOU? How do you do it, maintaining what you are everyday of the year; wearing the same clothes, working in the same creative style?"
I have no answer to that, because it will be a crazy answer. I gain that vigour for life by renouncing myself and striving to take on the "mind of Jesus Christ" (Phil 2: 5).
It comes naturally to me, to strive to conform my relationship with everything around me - with people and with the environment - according to my deep loving relationship with God in the person of Jesus Christ.
Dear friends, I still see posters around the shopping malls on talks being given to teach the public the Path to Happiness. Let me tell you, you and I will never be eternally or completely happy if we do not first RENOUNCE ourselves. If we constantly bind ourselves tightly to things, to money, to emotions, to gossips...We can never be free. So, free yourselves, renounce yourselves, say no to what you want and think more about other people and think LAST about our own needs. That is why I am different with other 'teachers' because I think about what my students need...not what I need. When I serve the poor, I think about what the poor people need and not what I can give to the poor.
When we think first about others, we can find solutions for them and, more importantly in doing so we are enriched; we learn something beautiful about life when we think about others first. In serving the students and the poor I have always end up only HAPPIER, LIFELIER, JOYFUL...Though I am materially poorer...