Scripture Reading: John 3:30
Let us begin today’s reflection with this counsel from St. Augustine, “Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.” Lacking humility may sometimes not be known to us so let therefore learn from St. Josemaria seventeen signs of lack of humility thus, “Thinking that what you do or say is better than what others do or say; Always wanting to get your own way; Arguing when you are not right or — when you are — insisting stubbornly or with bad manners; Giving your opinion without being asked for it, when charity does not demand you to do so; Despising the point of view of others; Not being aware that all the gifts and qualities you have are on loan; Not acknowledging that you are unworthy of all honour or esteem, even the ground you are treading on or the things you own; Mentioning yourself as an example in conversation; Speaking badly about yourself, so that they may form a good opinion of you, or contradict you; Making excuses when rebuked; Hiding some humiliating faults from your director, so that he may not lose the good opinion he has of you; Hearing praise with satisfaction, or being glad that others have spoken well of you; Being hurt that others are held in greater esteem than you; Refusing to carry out menial tasks; Seeking or wanting to be singled out; Letting drop words of self-praise in conversation, or words that might show your honesty, your wit or skill, your professional prestige; Being ashamed of not having certain possessions.”
Beloved in Christ, we need to from time to time check that we have not lost humility because it is very important. It is so important that Jesus has to carve it in the minds of His disciples by conducting an exercise which will not make them forget humility so easily. The true test of humility is with humiliation. How you would react when humiliated will tell whether you are humble or not, and any journey into the spiritual without humility will not end well. If you want to win the devil always practice humility. Let us conclude with St. Vincent de Paul’s admonition on humility:“The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.” Humility is something that makes Satan not able to have access to your life. Live a humble life always.
Is 6:1-8; Ps 93:1abc. 1d-2.5(R.1a); Accl 1 Peter 4:14; Gosp Mt 10:24-33 WEEKDAY St. Camillus De Lellis, P. (Opt Mem)
- Let’s join St. Alphonsus in this prayer: “O my God, I beg of You the grace of humility and charity, and also the grace of devotion. Grant that when You give me the grace of devotion I may gracefully receive it, use it with moderation, and guard it with humility. May it serve me for Your greater honour and glory. Amen.
- Take the Prayer for Removing Demonic Influence in “Amen: It Is Done”.
Exercise: Allow Philippians 2:8-11 speak to you.
Meditation: Philippians 2:8-11