Meditation for the Day

Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time, June 19

Being Clothed with the Virtue of Humility Fosters a Deeper and Truer Relationship of Love Between Ourselves and the God Who Loves Each of Us.

In our Gospel today, we hear our Lord repeating, “And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”

When we look at all the awards ceremonies that are televised, especially those which give accolades to actors and actresses who are recognized for their achievements, whether it be television, stage or the big screen, it is no wonder that the virtue of humility is almost non-existent in their world.

They have the Oscars, the Tonys, the Golden Globes, the Screen Actor’s Guild awards, the Emmys, the Grammys, the People’s Choice awards, and so many others which I cannot even recall.

Even politicians seem to go out of their way to take credit for bills they introduce, or projects they back, or for some kind deed given to one of their constituents.

Granted, everyone likes to have a “pat on the back” from time to time, but when accolades begin to become that which is most important in our lives, then something in our way of thinking has sadly gone very, very wrong.

And it is the weakness of the flesh, and its desire for recognition and accolades, which our Lord is addressing in today’s Gospel. For it is when our desire for the proverbial “pat on the back” begins to influence our way of thinking and acting, then we begin to diminish our closeness with a God who prefers humility over pride, a God who prefers a humble heart over personal ego.

Saint James tells us in his Letter, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble…Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.”  And we read in the psalms that God will not spurn a “contrite, humbled heart.”

And Jesus tells us repeatedly in today’s Gospel, “And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” Jesus was impressing upon His listeners, and upon you and me today, for His words are timeless, the importance of being private in our acts of mortification, in our acts of kindness and almsgiving, and in our prayer life. In essence, with the examples which our Lord gave to His disciples and to us, Jesus was teaching His followers the importance of being humble of heart.

When clothed with the virtue of humility, we find within it a purity and selflessness of thought, word and deed – a virtue which enables us, through the grace of God, to avoid ambition and pride. And true humility helps detach us from those worldly elements which tend to separate us from God’s Love.

And when we can look at life through the eyes of a truly “contrite, humbled heart”, then humility becomes the foundation for our prayer life, for we freely acknowledge that we need God’s help in our strivings to be a holier and a more virtuous people. Humility helps us to empty from ourselves our own ego, our own pride and selfishness which separates us from God.

And it is this form of humility which fosters a deeper and truer relationship of love between ourselves and the God who loves each of us – the God who opens His Heart to us.

And when we deepen our relationship with Jesus, we find within ourselves a deepened desire to return that Love which He freely gives to us. We begin to find ourselves freely loving as He loves, freely giving as He gives, for it is His Spirit of Love which becomes alive and generously living and working within us and through us.

As Saint Paul tells us in our First Reading today, “The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.”

When our hearts become open to all that God wishes to give, the grace which we receive increases to the point where we cannot help but become an extension of Christ to others.

And Saint Paul goes on to say, “You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God.”

Our enrichment with God’s grace, the selfless giving of ourselves for the needs of others, the Love with which God fills us and which we, in turn, freely share with others – all this is a result, all this is a consequence of our first embracing the virtue of humility.

In the selfless and compassionate giving of ourselves, God will not forget our generosity. He will not forget those who open their hearts and embrace a life of virtue. For there is a special place in God’s Heart and in His Eternal Home for His children who freely choose to live as His Divine Son asks of us.

With a truly humbled and contrite heart, may we always be open to all that the Spirit of Truth inspires each of us to be in our daily lives.

And may He imprint upon our hearts and our souls His own humility, so that we may be filled with a selfless love and true compassion for others, especially those in need, so that we may we respond with true Christian charity and generosity, in imitation of all the holy souls who have gone before us.

For this is what it means to be truly Christ-like!

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 6:1)
  • “When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do…do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret…When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray…so that others may see them…go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret…When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites…But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden…your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” (Matthew 6:2a, 3b-4a, 5a, 6a, 16a, 17-18a, 6b)
  • “A contrite, humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn.” (Psalm 51:19b)
  • “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6c)
  • “Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.” (James 4:10)
  • “The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” (2 Corinthians 9:10)
  • “And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for: ‘God opposes the proud but bestows favor on the humble.’ So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” (1 Peter 5:5b-6)
  • “…live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love.” (Ephesians 4:1b-2)

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Prayer for the Day

“Lord Jesus Christ, I pray that You may fortify me

with the grace of Your Holy Spirit,

and give Your peace to my soul,

that I may be free from all needless anxiety and worry.

“Help me to desire always that

which is pleasing and acceptable to You,

so that Your will may be my will.

“Grant that I may be free from unholy desires,

and that, for Your Love, I may remain

obscure and unknown in this world,

to be known only to You.

“Do not permit me to attribute to myself

the good that you perform in me and through me,

but rather, referring all honor to You,

may I admit only to my infirmities.

“So that, renouncing sincerely all vainglory

which comes from the world,

I may aspire to that true and lasting glory

that comes only from You. Amen.”

Saint Frances Cabrini

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