September 1

Reflection

Humble yourself the more, the greater you are,
and you will find favor with God.
Sir 3:20

Living humbly with God is to live with a radical trust in the God with whom we share a covenant relationship. It implies that no matter what our situation, we realize that our security is found only in the One who is our God. It is important to know ourselves well enough to recognize who, among the many gods that beckon us, is our true God. It is so easy to put other things in God’s place even in well intentioned ways. To walk humbly before God requires the courage to let go of the obstructive things to which we cling be they internal or external.  Then God who is the true center of our lives will shape our “walking humbly”.

Prayer

O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.
Psalm 139

Action

Who is your God? To what do you cling that may obstruct your walking with your God?

Suggested Reading

For every one who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.
Luke 14:7 – 14

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

We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.
Rabindranath Tagore

The greatest test of whether the holiness we profess to seek or to attain is truth and life will be whether it produces an increasing humility in us. In us, humility is the one thing needed to allow God’s holiness to dwell in us and shine through us. The chief mark of counterfeit holiness is lack of humility. The holiest will be the humblest.
Andrew Murray

Humility is the guardian of virtue.
Bernard of Clairvaux

Do not always scrupulously confine yourself to certain rules, or particular forms of devotion, but act with a general confidence in God, with love and humility.
Brother Lawrence

The voice of humility is God’s music, and the silence of humility is God’s rhetoric.
Francis Quarles

 

 

 

 

 

 

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