I truly believe that one of the most useful and convenient Christian virtues is humility, and it may be one of the hardest to practice, but it is the virtue that pleases God's heart. In today’s reading, we hear, "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."
Humility requires us to accept our limitations, our sinfulness, and lowliness, but at the same time to reaffirm our purpose to sin no more and to walk in the grace of God. As we heard in last Sunday’s gospel, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate…" It is not easy but with God’s help it is possible and it is our mission and commitment. In humility, we accept God's mercy, and in embracing it we allow it to transform our existence and assist us in producing the fruits of a truly Chris-tian life.
Humility also requires us to accept our brothers and sisters and to truly love them and practice mercy towards all with no discrimination; it also helps us to recognize each one as children of God, children who are striving in their spiritual lives, with their joys and sorrows, carrying their crosses and hoping for the salvation of God. In the Church of Christ, we should always walk together, joining our goals and efforts, because we are one body and one family, and most importantly, one parish.
Do not allow pride, envy, selfishness, greed, or discrimination to take you far from God's favor and grace. The person who lives the virtue of humility does not allow his or her heart to hold resentment or hatred, or the desire for revenge, or anything that is opposed to "LOVE," because humility is founded in loving God and your neighbor as yourself. The one who attempts to practice humility every day fills his heart with the peace of God and the joy of salvation.
Let us ask the Lord to bless us with the gift of humility and to enjoy His favor every single day in our Christian path.
May the abundant blessings of God and the love of Mary be with you.