August 20

 Reflection

My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God.
                                                                                                                       Sir 3:17-18,

Humility is not a pose. Humility is the state of being empty before God. It does not mean pretending we are less than we are, rather it means recognizing that even our greatest achievements are an inadequate return for all that we have received. Humility means recognizing that our talents and achievements are things which impose upon us a responsibility. “From those to whom much has been given, much will be expected.”(Luke 12:48) In that spirit we will be conscious of God’s generosity and open to the potential of our gifts. Then, empty and grateful before God, we can be filled with joy, love and peace. We will have achieved something more precious than the things of which we are most proud. We will have attained humility

Prayer

 Create in me a humble heart. O God.

Action

 I will acknowledge my gifts and talents with gratitude and use them to bring about a more just and peace filled world.

Suggested Readings

He told a parable to those who had been invited,
noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table.
“When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet,
do not recline at table in the place of honor.
A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him,
and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say,
‘Give your place to this man,’
and then you would proceed with embarrassment
to take the lowest place.
Rather, when you are invited,
go and take the lowest place
so that when the host comes to you he may say,
‘My friend, move up to a higher position.’
Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table.
For every one who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 14: 7- 19

God leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
Psalms 25:9

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.
Thomas Merton

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.
Saint Augustine

Humility is to make a right estimate of one’s self.
Charles Spurgeon

A great man is always willing to be little.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be careful not to mistake insecurity and inadequacy for humility! Humility has nothing to do with the insecure and inadequate! Just like arrogance has nothing to do with greatness!
C. JoyBell C.

Humility means accepting reality with no attempt to outsmart it.
David Richo,

 

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