MY daily reflection and prayer: Tuesday, March 03, 2015
The Second Week of Lent
Dear my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Matthew 23:1-12
Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice. They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by men; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues, and salutations in the market places, and being called rabbi by men.
But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ. He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
Yesterday we reflected on the quality of our Christian life called merciful by not judging but forgiving. Based on the Gospel today, let’s reflect on the true humility.
The Gospel records that Jesus warns us to serve others with humility rather than with pride. True faith guides us to humble ourselves and to submit ourselves to God’s wisdom and to practice his guidance.
What is true humility? First of all it is a simplicity of heart, the willing readiness to seek God himself. Then, it is not feeling bad about ourselves, or having a low assessment of ourselves. It’s not also thinking of ourselves as inferior to all others. Last but not least, it frees us to be ourselves as God regards us and to avoid falling into despair and pride.
So, humility is truth in self-understanding and truth in action. It makes a realistic assessment of oneself without illusion or pretense to be something one is not. A truly humble person regards oneself neither smaller nor bigger than one truly is.
Spiritually and theologically, true humility is both the queen and foundation of all the other virtues because it enables us to see and judge correctly, the way God sees. It helps us to be teachable so we can acquire true knowledge, wisdom, and an honest view of reality. It directs our energy, zeal, and will to give ourselves to something greater than ourselves.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we learn to be humble before Jesus Christ who has humbled himself for the sake of our salvation. He has emptied himself, as a servant who humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross (cfr. Philippians 2:7-8). We are then able to love and serve others willingly and selflessly, for their own sake, rather than for our own.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, we want to be a servant as you loves and serves others. Gives us your heart of a servant who seeks the good of others and puts their interests first in our care and concern for them. Teach us to be humble as you are humble and to love others generously with selfless service and love forever and ever. Amen.