HUMILITY

(Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Humility is the way of life whereby a person makes himself equal to those who are treated as inferiors, so the highest level of human equality may be restored in all. In other words, the humble person restores equality by eradicating the inequalities between people in any area of human life. The humble person makes life to the fullest possible for everybody. The humble person shares all he is and all he possesses with others. Humility defines what a person truly is.
Humility is a necessity of life: “Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God” (Sirach 3:18). That is, the greater a person, the more he strives to facilitate others to be what he is. This way of life leads to the fullness of humility.
When God made himself man, he gave us the example of perfect humility. The one who is all goodness deemed it appropriate to make us equal to him. God is perfect humility, not so much for sharing with us what he has, but for sharing with us himself.
Our world is against humility
Those who hold worldly power set themselves apart from those who are weak. Those who lack humility abound in arrogance. To them, the strong are first, the weak are last; the wealthy are first, the poor are last. Therefore, worldly power is the opposite of humility, the opposite of true human life.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)