Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Lk 14:7-14 Someone Greater Than I

Lk 14:7-14 Someone Greater Than I

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Humility is the nuclear bomb of the Christian: It destroys all enemies. Actually, humility disarms, it calms and it redeems. Why is humility so powerful? Because it is the truth – the practical recognition of what we really are in the sight of God and of our neighbor. We are sinners and yet we consider ourselves more worthy of love, recognition and gifts than our neighbor. We constantly look at ourselves as victims rather than as abusers. We readily find the faults in others and turn a blind eye to our own. We can easily follow a double standard of conduct: one for me and a more rigid, more demanding, one for the other. If we find ourselves the victim of gossip, we can easily forget the moments we participated in it. The list could go on and on and on.

The Lord made it perfectly clear: Humility is absolutely necessary for entry into the Kingdom of Heaven, the wedding banquet, the eternal feast. Either I can attempt to take the seat in the front or I can voluntarily take the one in the back. What a great analogy to a personal truth: Either I end up worshiping God or I end up worshiping myself!

“My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts!” Just recently, I discovered that an employee of the Church and school comes once a week into the rectory to clean my living quarters. She does an amazing job. I never knew this was happening because she would come in when I was gone, put everything back in its proper place and wash everything thoroughly - even my sneakers! She is a humble woman and does not seek any type of recognition. Although she is paid by the Church, she goes well beyond the call of duty. She is an employee that everyone would love to have. I thought she deserved some extra compensation. I thought, “I will leave her an envelope with a small token of my appreciation.” Then immediately, from the darkest corner of my imagination, another thought came, “Maybe she will mention this at my canonization!!!” What a fool I am! What a way to destroy an honest gift of love! How our imagination can run wild and free without the filter of humility! “Anyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” The gift will have to wait until I can purify my intention. Humility works both ways: for the "Giver" as well as the "Receiver". In many ways, this is the painful reality of sin; so many gifts the Lord wishes to shower on us if we could only accept them or receive them as totally unmerited.

Have I come to realize and to believe that the greatest virtue is humility - the acknowledgement that there is someone greater than I? Humility opens my heart, my mind and my will to the Great One, who humbled himself. The baby Jesus cried because we had lost heaven. For a moment, the poorest baby was richer than He, and He wanted it like that!

Humility of Heart, Mind and Will will lead me to the greatest Lover, the greatest Truth and the greatest Freedom. It is the key, the bomb, the secret that opens the gates to Heaven. The greatest threat to all of this is, of course, a prideful soul. God and a prideful soul are like oil and water, they simply do not mix! I believe Padre Pio once said, “The greatest grace God can give to such a [prideful] soul is to send them a trial they cannot bear with their own powers, and then sustain them with his grace so they may endure to the end and be saved.”

Let us ask the Lord for the grace of humility, for the love of God and for our neighbors. Humility is the root of the tree and gentleness is its fruit. We please God by humility and our neighbor by gentleness.


  1. Thank you for sharing your personal struggle with humility. I would imagine this virtue is difficult at times when you constantly hear how great you are, how great what you are doing is and how much you are loved.

    Even one of the posted comments mentioned taking a vote on whether these reflections are because you are a genius or because the Holy Spirit is working through you.

    Of course it is the Holy Spirit! And the reason you are able to do such a beautiful job is because you are dedicated to daily prayer, daily meditation and being open to God.
    As you mentioned, God wants to shower his gifts on all of us but we have to be open to receiving them.
    All of us are called to spread the Good News and live out the Truth. Not just leave that task to those that we think are better qualified.

  2. “Let us ask the Lord for the grace of humility, for the love of God and for our neighbors.”

    I know you are not supposed to test God, but sometimes I do, just to make sure the channels are open and He’s hearing me. I ask for humility. That is the fasted prayer I get an answer to, and sure enough, He’s still there. Sometimes He answers before I can even say AMEN!

    It seems to be the most painful trial when we are blessed with it, especially big doses of it. And yet, it always bears fruit, even if I don’t know it or if it takes years to see it. And when I see the fruit, I’m always glad that I was given that grace or I’m just glad it is behind me!

    Either way, if this is the way to heaven, then sign me up. I’ll do WHATEVER it takes to get there!

    Doesn’t humbling yourself to share your pride, (with the whole world) negate the pride? Seems like a loophole to me:)

  3. When you talked about needing to be humble when receiving love I wasn't sure what you meant. But I think that is what this struggle in my heart is about regarding a friendship. Along with being grateful for the love and attention I receive from my friend I also feel jealous and selfish. I want more attention and I don't want others to receive this same attention.

    I pray for God to help me be grateful and humble. To not desire more attention, to not desire being #1 and to not desire that others don't receive this gift of love and friendship too. I pray for God to help me be a joyful giver AND receiver of love, authentic love, so that it flourishes and overcomes this darkness in my heart.
    Dear heavenly Father, Burn away all that is not of You.


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