“O sublime humility!
That the Lord of the
should humble Himself
like this under the form
of a little bread,
for our salvation.”
— St. Francis of Assisi
What is Humility?
- Humility is recognizing the truth of who we are & who God is, and living out of that truth.
- In the order of love, the truth is that “I am third.” God is 1st, others are 2nd and I am 3rd “Humbly regard others as more important than yourselves.” (Phil 2:3b)
- Humility is becoming transparent so that Jesus may shine in us, even in our weakness. “He must increase and I must decrease.” (John 3:30)
- Humility is not putting ourselves down or belittling ourselves.
- True humility is being little and hidden in Christ so that He may be more clearly seen. False humility is just plain hiding!
Our Weakness – Christ’s Strength
- In the work of evangelization, sometimes we are overwhelmed by our weakness & incapacity.
- Christ multiplies the five humble loaves that we give Him and He feeds the multitude (cf. Matt 14:13-21).
- We hold the “treasure” of the Gospel in the “earthen vessels” of our lives. Christ can even use “cracked pots” like us to carry his life giving water.
“For we do not preach ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord… But we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.” (2 Cor 4:5-7)
PRAYER: "O Jesus, meek and humble of heart. Make my heart like unto thine."
Ask for the grace to become third (God first, others second, I am third)
ACTION: Do an act of service or a chore around the house that will perhaps go unnoticed by everyone but God.
The theme 'Developing an Evangelical Heart' was inspired by the Companions of the Cross course on Evangelization.