Today in the Gospel, Jesus talks to us about humility. He tells us, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11)
Often when I am falling into pride rather than a spirit of humility, I think it is because I am also giving into a fear or anxiety that I will not be taken care of or receive what I need. I think my pride comes from a distorted belief that I am not seen and that I will not be recognized unless I take control. I should assert myself, proving to others and myself that I am good and I am okay.
The readings today remind us otherwise. Today’s Responsorial Psalm says, “The Lord will not abandon His people.” The First Reading also says, “God has not rejected His people.” (Romans 11:2) God is reassuring us that He is with us. We are good. God sees us. He has not rejected us, and He will not abandon us. We are okay. And it is okay for us to be exactly how we are in this moment, with all our weaknesses and also our strengths.
I think that humility is mostly about being real, being who we are, and holding firm in the belief and conviction that we are seen and deeply loved by God. It is not necessary for us to puff ourselves, or try to convince others that we are capable and competent. We can know that we are competent, we are enough, and that God sees us for truly who we are: beloved daughters of God.
In this way, like the parable today’s Gospel recommends, we can remain humble. We can remain in the truth – the truth of Jesus Christ, and the truth of who we are in Jesus Christ. By remaining who we are in true humility, the Lord will exalt us and bless us with even far greater graces and abundance.
Let us pray: Jesus, send your Holy Spirit upon me to inflame in me a spirit of humility and truth in the joy of who I am. May I find my identity and true worth in you, Lord. Amen.
Mary Catherine Craige enjoys spending her time creating art, writing, and playing her Irish harp. She uses her experience as a Montessori teacher and catechist to serve young children through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. As a life coach for business leaders, she encourages and challenges women in all walks of life to more deeply discover their purpose and live their full potential. You can find out more about her here.