Saturday, May 9, 2009

Humility is Truth

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.

I read the following verse this morning: “Beloved clothe yourselves with humility… humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time.” (1 Peter 5:5,6) Living that will take a lifetime; and yet we can begin today.

Humility is simply truth. And to live in the truth means you never deny the gifts in yourself and also you never deny the gifts in others. This is what it takes to live in 'right order'. If we practiced this, the world would live in right order. The world itself would be in peace if there were true humility.

Humility respects and humility doesn’t try to be what it is not. When we see that, we find freedom. Imagine if you didn’t have to live up to the expectations you think others have for you or the expectations you have for yourself. If you could simply be yourself and be at peace with that, God would be pleased, because your true self is God’s gift. That is who you are before God. And He rejoices when He sees you. To discover that makes you youthful at any age.

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