THE HUMBLE WILL BE EXALTED
(Scripture Reflection Luke 18:14)" For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
We may wonder what Jesus’ contrarian words (Focus) mean. Should we be self-effacing? Should we not promote ourselves? Should we let the bully and the greedy succeed?
Truly the words in the Bible are wisdom and life, but we cannot understand them unless we are ready to walk the talk. It is only when we practise love and are put to the test that we will realize what Jesus means. In today’s Gospel, he is asking us to be humble. Humility seems to be the keynote of his teaching, as well as by his birth, his life and his death. Is there a hidden message here for us?
When Jesus practised humility, it was not humility before people, but humility before his Father. That is the key difference. If we are humble before others we always want their approval and so find it difficult to take a stand. We let people take advantage of us and call it ‘love’ when in reality we are selling ourselves down the river, spreading the kingdom of evil and not God. But if God comes first for us, we will not hesitate to do battle against injustice and oppression. This is the kind of Christian Jesus wants us to be.
Fruit: This week, as I go about doing my work, let me side with the truth and not do it for the approval of others.