What Does It Mean to be Humble?

Sun., August 28, 2016

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” -Luke 14:11

What does it mean to be humble?

The most humble people I have ever met were people who did not know they were humble. They just lived it.

Humble people know who they are and know all things come from God.

Having low self-esteem for much of my life, I never knew how to take a compliment. It has taken me a long time to understand that humility is not about putting ourselves down. It is about acknowledging the gift, and giving God the glory.

I like this quote –

“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real” – Thomas Merton

If we are truly humble, then we are real. We see ourselves for who we are, accept ourselves as we are and accept others as they are as well. There is no need to compare ourselves to other people for we see that it no longer matters.

The good news is – we are all invited to the banquet.

Dear Lord, thank you for the gifts you have given me. Help me to use them in your name and give you the glory. Help me to be real. Amen.


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