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Who do we think we are?

 

This Sunday’s readings are about humility. All of us have a rough idea of what humility is, but it’s something most of us struggle to practice in our lives. The opposite of humility, pride, is the most common flaw in all human beings. After all, pride has a very long history which goes back to Adam and Eve!

In most of the sins we commit there is a prideful element of thinking “nobody’s going to tell me what to do”. Pride also shows itself when our status is somehow challenged. We might respond by thinking, “who do they think they are talking to?” Instead it would be better to ask, “who do we think we are?” We forget that we are nothing without God and everything only because of God. Humility shouldn’t be thought of as a negative thing. If we do something well, we’re still entitled to be pleased about it. But being truly humble means we will have no airs and graces, we’ll be willing to say sorry and we won’t get too big for our boots in our dealings with others or with God. While humility might sound like a lowly virtue it has very high origins. Humility starts right up there with God becoming flesh, God becoming man. God coming down was the greatest example of humility the world has ever known, as was the way in which Jesus lived his life among us. No wonder Jesus could say (without any pride) “Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.”

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