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Humility

December 29, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments
Lowly, humble and simple: The strongest people have these three qualities simply because they don’t have that much pride to be hurt.  This is one of the things I learned during the Christmas Mass my family attended this year. 
Note that this is not a matter of having no self-esteem at all – that’s not the point.  The point is recognizing that at the end of the day, no matter how great we think we are, we are really nothing if not for what God has given us in our life.  In other words, we are literally totally dependent on Him for everything, and so we have nothing to be proud of, we have nothing to claim as something we have gotten or achieved all on our own merit.
On a side-note, I also want to share an insight regarding the circumstances of Christ’s birth.  We all know the story of Jesus being born in a manger – and the idea taught to us is that He was born under such undesirable of circumstances.  Actually, His birth in a manger was actually a good thing.  We need to understand that during the time of Jesus, an Inn is not like the type that we know nowadays.  During His time it was just a house with more rooms to rent out – and this was shared with whoever wanted to rent it.  In other words, there was no privacy.  Since there were a lot of people crowding the room, there was also no peace.  There were no beds to lie down, and one just slept on the floor as-is where-is.  If you think about it, it’s not exactly the best place to give birth.  In the manger, it is a practice at night to remove old hay and put in fresh hay because animals will only eat fresh hay.  At the time Mary and Joseph arrived there was fresh hay in the manger.  There was privacy in the manger, ideal for giving birth to someone.  And because it was not crowded, the atmosphere was peaceful.  It was just what He needed to enter into our world.  See, even in such circumstances, God provides for what is needed. 
Back to topic… Jesus literally had all the reasons in the world, and more, to be proud – but He was humble.  He chose to humble Himself as a sign of love for His Father in showing obedience to His will, and as a sign that He loved us so much that He willingly went down to our lowly level just to be with us. 
Humility is ultimately an expression of love.  Let us follow Christ’s example, out of love for and in recognition to Him Who is the source of all that is good. 
 
Jesus, King of Mercy, I trust in You! 
 
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