Praise be Jesus Christ, now and forever!
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:11). If humility meant making sure you stayed in the shadows of life, not doing anything worthwhile, avoiding the praise of others, then it would be fairly simple. But humility has nothing to do with any of that. We don’t become humble by doing humble things. We become humble by accepting who we are in the sight of God and then living out of that acceptance.
Humility is tricky. You might think you’re humble when all you are is timid and fearful. Now wouldn’t that be a shame? You spend your whole life thinking how great it is that you are humble, only to discover when you meet the Lord, that you have just been a fear-filled and lack-luster human being. That would be a real kick in the pants, wouldn’t it?
All of us are God’s children, loved and cared for by God, part of God’s universe and God’s earth, fellow travelers on a common journey. And we all have been given gifts of one sort or the other. Humility is acknowledging those gifts and allowing them to grow and be a source of comfort and strength and love for others. We are also asked to use our gifts to benefit the natural world that needs us in so many ways.
Pride, since it is the flip side of humility, goes against what is the truth of our existence. We are not God. To lord it over any other person or creature does not reflect the truth of our lives. As an old song says, “We’re in the same boat, brother.” Pride tells us that we are too good for this world, too good for others. It effectively keeps us at arm’s length from others. The humble person, on the other hand, draws close to others, because he or she knows deeply that we all belong to the same Lord.
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September 1st is the Annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. This special day of prayer was inaugurated by Pope Francis in 2015 as an opportunity “to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvelous works that he has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live.” (August 6, 2015). In his encyclical letter, Laudato Si, Pope Francis wrote, “God has written a precious book, whose letters are the multitude of created things present in the universe . . . from panoramic vistas to the tiniest living form, nature is a constant source of wonder and awe. It is a continuous revelation of the divine. To sense each creature singing the hymn of its existence is to live joyfully in God’s love and hope. This contemplation of creation allows us to discover in each thing a teaching which God wishes to hand on to us . . .” (Laudato Si, #85) . . . May I suggest attending Mass on September 1st. Have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love!
Listen to my homily today here: 08.28.16 Humility
Joyfully in the Lord,
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish