Today’s Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12 – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” I need this reminder every morning, noon, and night. When the world is ordered by sin, our pride desires nothing but to be exalted. We too easily can become just like the Scribes and Pharisees, desiring a place of honor, grand titles, and loud admiration.
But true joy, true peace, and true freedom is actually found in humility. When we make ourselves small, we acknowledge that God is truly great. Becoming humble does not mean that we think less of ourselves, but that we see ourselves through God’s eyes. We see the gifts, flaws, talents, and failings, everything that makes us who we are. Seeking humility helps us to be honest, ask God to form us, and to pursue holiness.
How is pride holding you back? How can humility free you to truly live?
Teach me humility, Lord. Break and mold me so that I become the person you created me to be.
Copyright 2017 Katie Bogner
Katie Bogner is a Catholic school teacher and Director of Religious Education, as well as a reader, crafter, daughter, sister, aunt, and Godmother. She loves driving with the windows down and the radio up. Visit Katie for lots of ideas, printables, and crafts for teaching Catholic kids of all ages at her blog Look to Him and Be Radiant.
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