Dear Sisters of Court St. Louis,
Yesterday’s (Sunday, September 1st) first reading was about “humility”. “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.” Sirach 3:17-18
Later in the Mass, the gospel reads: “For every one who exalts himself will be humbled but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11
The word humility is defined as “a modest or low view of
one’s own importance; humbleness or lack of vanity”. However, in a “it’s all
about ME environment” how do we discover what it means to be humble?
In the side notes of the lector’s workbook, it states that in the first century, honor and pride were high values, while shame and humility were to be avoided. My first thought is that not much has changed. It’s not that being honored is bad and showing humility is good. Its that humility brings us closer to God and one another.
John 3:30: He must increase; I must decrease. John the Baptist spent his entire life telling everyone who would listen – abandon your selfishness and live selfless lives. To “decrease” before God means we become humble. Humility is a way of giving up everything not of God and allowing only God to shine through.
I’ll repeat – “Humility is a way of giving up everything not
of God and allowing only God to shine through.”
Personally, I need to decrease my anxieties over issues of
life’s decisions in order for “God to shine through”, which He always does.
I’ve not been very good at living a humble life, but like so many things it’s
never too late to start.
I would like to think that every function or event our Court
hosts is an opportunity for “God to shine through”. And I believe God does manage to shine
through in spite of our worry and doubt.
Our Court has many wonderful events planned this fall: the Communion Breakfast, the bi-monthly Rosary for Life recitations, and the Day Spiritual Retreat to name a few where we can humbly offer our service and ourselves to our Court, parish family, and friends for the Glory of God.
Let St. John the Baptist’s beautiful statement become a
prayer to be said repeatedly and the guiding principle in your life, as it will
now be for me.
Lord, You must increase and I must decrease. Please come and take complete possession of my soul. Transform my mind and heart, guide my will, emotions and desires. And, allow me to become a holy instrument of Your divine life. Jesus, I trust in You.
With unity and charity,