A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
January 18, 2020
Our need to be humble
August 31, 2019
This week’s Scripture spells out clearly our need to be humble. When I hear the word humble I am reminded of an old country western song “O Lord, it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way.” That pretty much sums up all that humility is NOT!
There is no perfection in humanity, rather only in divinity, and as disciples of Jesus Christ we will spend a lifetime in an effort to come closer to perfection. Jesus taught by the example of his own life that we are to be servants to one another out of love rather than lauding ourselves over another or thinking that we are somehow better than others. Humility is a virtue – a desirable quality – that enables one to see the needs of others and put them before our own. Humility is not something gifted to us; rather a quality that we live our way into as we move through life. Often times we learn about humility through the experience of one who displays the opposite quality – arrogance. And as always, we have a decision to make about which quality we desire for ourselves.
In today’s Gospel we are challenged to examine ourselves in light of how we give of our time and talent. Do we give only when we can expect something in return? Jesus teaches that it is when we give to others without the thought or perhaps even the possibility of a returned favor that we truly serve. The act of selfless giving is what we ought to strive for as we share life with God’s people. This can begin first in our homes, our workplace and then in society at large. How often do we truly serve one another? Let us take time this week to reflect upon that question and let us together pray:
Lord I pray; instill in me the virtue of humility, that I might never consider myself above another. Humble me as I reach out to others with the heart of a true servant, that I might be an instrument of your love to and for your people. Trusting you are with me, I ask this in your name. Amen.