Remaining humble brings us closer to the glory of God
Fr Patrick McCafferty
The Scriptures many of us will hear read in Church this weekend emphasise humility and gentleness as virtues Christians must carefully foster in themselves. "The greater you are, the more you should behave humbly, and then you will find favour with the Lord" (Ecclesiasticus 3:18). "Those who humble themselves will be exalted" (Luke 14:11).
The word 'humble' is from the Latin word for soil - 'humus'. Humility is the realisation of our lowly origins as human beings. God created us out of nothing. However, that is not the sum total of why we are created.
We are created out of nothing for something marvellous.
A glorious destiny is ours and it is "nothing known to the senses", for it is "Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem where the millions of angels have gathered for the festival, with the whole Church in which everyone is a 'first-born son' and a citizen of heaven" (Hebrews 12:22).
The Lord, in creating us, has reserved a place for us, at His table, for the marriage feast, in His eternal kingdom (Luke 14:7-14). This wedding reception marks the union between God and humanity forever - a celebration of Infinite Love.
God has looked upon us in our nothingness with a tender love that is without limit. He has lifted us up, not on account of our being deserving, but simply because of His loving grace.
Humility is born out of wonder that we are so lovingly regarded by God that He desires to share His life with us forever.
Humility flows from our gratitude and awe at what the Eternal God has done, what He does and will do, for us.
Humility moves us to live in a spirit of thanksgiving and wonder. It gives us a true perspective about ourselves and, from the vantage point of humility, we are able to see our fellow human beings as equally loved and regarded by God.
Humility helps us to recognise that everything is a gift lavished on us by God's grace. It is not so hard to be humble when you are secure in the knowledge that you have nothing to prove to God, that you are loved unconditionally by Him.
When this truth is revealed to our souls, we are transformed and we can become a transformative influence in our communities.