Friday, September 14, 2018

God gives grace to the humble!....God favors the humble!...God blesses all who are humble!

“If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.” Mother Teresa: (1910 – 1997: Founded the Missionaries of Charity)

Scripture Text: (PHIL 2:6-11)
Brothers and sisters:
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Humility is one of the virtues, and silence is one form of humility. That’s why it’s often difficult to quiet ourselves down. When we’re forced to be silent, we usually want to talk instead.

Even though we have lots of opportunity to grow in humility, as human beings our greatest call to be humble is when we face death: the deaths of others whom we love, but eventually, our own death. This is where Christ reveals to us God’s love. This is what we celebrate today, on the Feast of the Triumph (or Exaltation) of the Holy Cross.

Picture in your mind the scene at Calvary. Saint John was the only apostle who stood at the foot of the Cross in silence, and it was into his care that Christ, the only child of Mary, entrusted His Blessed Mother. In turn, Christ entrusted John to the care of Mary. In these words we hear the only teaching that is possible from the Cross: that we must entrust ourselves to each other’s care, bound to each other by Our Father’s love.

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