Is humility an outdated caricature of respect that, in fact, hinders human progression? Not according to Jesus! In fact, in this Sunday’s gospel (Luke 18:9-14), Jesus says that “all who humble themselves will be exalted”. Jesus’ exhortation certainly does not preclude taking charge of our lives and seeking to accomplish great things. Jesus speaks at a deeper level, in reference to divine love, which, of course, in turn, transforms our lives. Although there is legitimate humility before persons with great minds and great hearts, the humility of which Jesus speaks entails seeing with eyes of faith. The humility of which Jesus speaks positions our hearts to receive the greatness of God.
Let Scripture and Tradition to speak to us:
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Jesus sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”
Wisdom is with the humble.
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
There is no humility without love.
Saint Catherine of Siena (+1380)
There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart…
No one reaches the kingdom of Heaven except by humility.
St Augustine (+430)
There is more value in a single act of humility than in all the knowledge in the world.
Saint Teresa of Avila (+1582)
The prayer of a humble soul at once penetrates the heavens and presents itself before the throne of God, and will not depart thence till God listens to it…However sinful such a soul may be, God can never despise a heart that humbles itself.
St. Alphonsus de Liguori (+1787)
From the desk of the Rector