Scripture Reading: Luke 14:7-11
It said that to be humble is not to think less of oneself, but to think of oneself less. To be humble means to always bring yourself down and to see beyond wealth, power and fame. A humble person can manage power, fame or wealth appropriately, while a proud man tends to prove an unnecessary point or oppress those around him with wealth and power. The end of any proud person is shame and downfall, but humility will take you to a better place.
Our scripture reading says Luke 14:7-11: “When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honour at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honour, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honoured in the presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Humility will open more doors than arrogance ever will. Recognize that pride is a door-closer and humility is a powerful weapon. Humility is the true key to success. Successful people lose their way at times. They often embrace and overindulge from the fruits of success. Humility halts this arrogance and self-indulging trap. Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focused and hungry to continue the journey of success. Lucifer was proud and was cast out of heaven, anyone who becomes proud will lose everything as Lucifer did. The Lord will take what he has given to them and give it to someone else who is humble. Humility is very important for growth, physically and spiritually. Humility is an important requirement for one to go far and to fulfil all of God’s plan.
We conclude this reflection in the words of St. Teresa of Avila thus: “It is by humility that the Lord allows himself to be conquered, so that he will do all that we ask him”
MASS: GREEN B.V.M. On Saturday Rev 22:1-7; Ps 95:1-2.3-5.6-7abc; (1Cor. 16:22b; Rev 22:20c; Accl Lk 21:36 Gospel Lk 21:34-36
1. Pray for the spirit of humility.
2. Ask the spirit of God to help you grow in humility so that through humility, you can fulfil His will.
3. Grant O Lord the grace of humility to all our church leaders especially among the laity.
4. Take the Litany of Humility in DSD Manual
Exercise: Pray for the grace to embrace the virtue of humility and eschew all forms of arrogance.
Meditation: Proverbs 25:6, 7