18 Mar The Devil Hates Humility (Mt 23:11-12) by Karen Nolkemper
“The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” ~ Mt 23:11-12 (full readings)
Karen’s Reflections: Abortion is evil and fighting evil is hard. Period. When we tackle evil head on, the enemy will attempt to derail us through exhaustion and pride. Ironically, “pride” can show up when we least expect it – when we are busy protecting and defending Life. Into our weary souls, the devil whispers “This fight is too long, too hard. You’ll never win.” Along the journey you may get “overwhelmed” or perhaps even “overlooked.” The devil dances for joy when our pride is ignited. Remember pride is defeated by humility, which the devil hates, but the Lord loves. In today’s Gospel (Matthew 23: 1 – 12) we are reminded that “the greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” So, what is humility and how do I get it? Humility is a virtue. The dictionary tells us it means “having clear perspective and therefore respect, for one’s place in context.” When we humble ourselves in the name of the Lord, it means we lower ourselves out of reverence for our creator, Almighty God. “Humility is a sign of Godly strength and purpose, not weakness. Among the benefits of humility described in the Old Testament, that is shared by many faiths, are honor, wisdom, prosperity, the protection of the Lord and peace.”
* Karen Nolkemper is the Director of the Respect Life Apostolate for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. She believes it is important to “speak the truth in love”.
Faith Challenge: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” ~ Mt 6:33
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Feast Day: St. Cyril of Jerusalem
Faith Quote: “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” ~ 1 Peter 5:5
Through Christ our Lord,
“Speak the truth in love.”