Today’s Gospel proclamation says that whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. Humility is the foundation of all virtues. Therefore in a soul where it does not exist, there can be no true virtue, but the mere appearance only. Mother Mary is the role model of humility. At the Annunciation she surrendered to the will of God, saying: “I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you have said.” ( Luke 1:38) Often the human tendency is to make ourselves famous, powerful and rich and to have a tremendous impact on society. This is considered achieving greatness. This is contrary to what Jesus is saying to us. It is the letting go of our plan to the plan of God. “Whoever is humble easily obeys authority, fears to offend, maintains peace with all, and does not feel the insult which may be inflicted upon him.” He lives happy and contented and impacts the society like Mother Mary and the Saints. The gate to heaven is narrow and it admits only little ones. To be little we need to empty ourselves of our ego and become humble.
Prayer: Abba Father, may your peace guard our hearts and our minds, so that we can truly become humble. Amen.