Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year A
THE NATURE OF HUMILITY
True humility is a virtue, which means that it should be so much a part of you that it becomes almost automatic. But humility is often misunderstood. It doesn't mean that think little of yourself or that you belittle yourself. A humble person is one who is not too proud to ask for help. Sometimes you need to accept help, just to give the other person a chance to share your life and to let them feel useful. Never refuse an offer of help. Find something for the person to do. It's good for them and for you.
People who brag about themselves often do so because of low self-esteem. Others are really so self-centered that they brag to advertise. Either case is an example of a sin against humility. No one is truly self-made. We are the result of the contributions of dozens, probably hundreds of other people. Our greatest talents come from God. Paul is writing about a group of self-important missionaries in Corinth. They have been bragging that they have "secret knowledge" from Jesus that no one else possesses. Paul rightfully acknowledges God's dominant role in everything that he has accomplished.
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