Sunday, June 14, 2015

Examin Sunday 14 June 2015

The seventh degree of humility is that he consider himself lower and of less account than anyone else, and this not only in verbal protestation but also with the most heartfelt inner conviction, humbling himself and saying with the Prophet, "But I am a worm and no man, the scorn of men and the outcast of the people" (Ps. 21[22]:7). "After being exalted, I have been humbled and covered with confusion" (Pa. 87:16). And again, "It is good for me that You have humbled me, that I may learn Your commandments" (Ps. 118[119]:71).

from the Rule of St Benedict, Ch 7

The Church teaches us that as children of God that we are of infinite worth; why then should we think little of ourselves, or the least of all men? 

Because our worth comes through God's grace not through our own merits. Humility gives us clarity of thought, a realistic vision of ourselves. Without God's help we are indeed nothing; and there is danger in thinking of ourselves as wonderful, marvelous creatures, because of the risk of becoming arrogant and thinking that it is through our won efforts we are so great. And to think that way is to risk losing all. 

So better to be genuinely humble, knowing that God will graciously reward our humility, than have a deluded arrogance, which will rob of us of our birthright as children of God.

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