Jesus says, in Luke’s Gospel, that those who "exalt themselves will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted." Too often we can point the finger at someone else to say they are arrogant or prideful, but forget to look at ourselves. How do we live this gospel maxim?
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Sometimes in life, it takes time to grow in wisdom, to see things in light of the greater good other than one’s own. Humility allows us to rejoice with those who are doing great things and to suffer with those who are struggling. Humility is about placing our life focus more on relationships, on the people with whom we live, on friendships and acquaintances, rather than on building extensive careers, amassing wealth or gaining recognition.
Ben Whittaker was a great reminder to a younger generation that those who have gone ahead of us are not “out-of-date” but are rather people full of wisdom and a desire to teach, guide and mentor. It is a reminder that working at and building up relationships is crucial to our lives as authentic human beings. Most especially this is true in our relationship with our Creator, Lover, Father and Friend. Spending time with those we love is the best gift we can give them. It is perhaps the only thing we can give that truly matters. For sharing our life in humility and love is what gives joy, hope and consolation to all the people in our lives. This is what the writer of Sirach means, where he says, “conduct your affairs with humility and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts” (Sir. 3:17).