Am I Humble Enough?
Today, I will give you a story about a lady who turned out so well, yet she was so humble. See, she was In a convent. And she would get assigned difficult tasks, sometimes. At the convent at the time, there was an old wooden floor, that was uneven and kind of worn out. If you have ever washed that kind of floor, then you know what we are discussing. The outside of the convent had no cement or tarmac. So when it rained, the outside got very muddy.
This is what the young girl was assigned. Because of the size of the place, and the age and type of the floor, she would spend hours scrubbing. On this particular day, she was doing that with another friend.
All of a sudden, one of her colleagues, who was angry with her, walked in and in her muddy shoes, and walked straight to her. Of course, she left mud everywhere she walked. When the angry colleague arrived where the two girls were, she removed her shoes. And went on to say what she had come to say.
When she left the place, this girl did an unthinkable thing. She took the shoes of the colleague and cleaned them, and asked her friend to help! The friend was shocked. When asked why she did that she said that she is doing it for Jesus! This girl's name is St. Faustina.
I was reading a book the other day and was meditating on humility. I realized that most of the time we get angry with people, because of pride, because we think we are better than others.
Job 38:4 Where were you when I laid the earth foundation? Tell me if you understand".
If we understand how small, and how inconsequential we are, we will understand why it is good to remain humble.
The writer asked us to think of the years before we were conceived. The world was operating without a hitch. The world can go on, probably in a better way, without us. We are dust. And God gave us everything that we have.
Romans 12:16 says, " Live in harmony with one another." Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Saint Padre Pio says: " Humility, humility, and always humility. Satan trembles and fears humble souls."
We would expect Satan to tremble before intelligent and highly refined or wealthy people. But he trembles before the humble. Because humility is the greatest of all gifts.
Philippians 2:3 "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourself."
Let’s examine ourselves. Do we exalt ourselves? Do we think of ourselves as more important than we really are? Do we think we are indispensable for the world?
Our Lord Jesus invites all of us to him saying: " learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls".
Let us follow him closely making ourself humble. Amen.