Humility Is Truth

Is 26:7-9, 12, 16-19 / Mt 11:28-30

We human beings have an uncanny knack for making simple things complicated. We go from San Francisco to Los Angeles by way of Hong Kong, we respond to simple questions with answers befitting a Philadelphia lawyer, and we stonewall a friend when a simple “I was wrong” would fix everything.

And the result of it all is a heart saddened and rarely at rest. Why do we make things so complicated? Sometimes it’s plain and simple bungling. We don’t even notice the question before we back into the wrong answer. But other times it’s a ham-handed way of hiding from things we don’t want to face. And what a long way around to a solution that is!

Jesus offers us a better, and for us 21st-century technocrats, a more efficient solution: “Learn from me,” He says, “for I am gentle and humble of heart.”

The humble heart always faces the truth: We are dust (in Latin, humus).  So there’s no point in wasting time dissembling. Cut through the smoke screen, face whatever is there, as Jesus would, and respond in words and deeds of one syllable. It’s remarkable what power the truth has if we own it. So face it, and simplify your life!

  • Doris Rodriguez

    “Your name and your title are the desire of our souls. My soul yearns for you in the night, yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you …”

    Oh, how these words sum up the essence of today’s Old Testament reading, and my own soul leaps with joy at the very thought of being “owned” … tax, title, and license … by the Lord God Himself! As Christians we bear Christ’s NAME and TITLE, and we have the promise of having our own names engraved in the palm of His hand!

    And when I think of Adoration and how we “keep vigil” with Christ throughout so many long and prayer-filled nights for even “one hour”, I know it is not enough personally … and yet, when I think of all the precious souls who show up to spend time with Christ and realize collectively (as the Body of Christ) that He is never alone, my soul is able to find rest in Him. Oh, how thankful I am that His yoke is easy and His burden light!

    “From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth” … and my soul is at peace!

  • jccpa

    It is amazing how we dance around the truth, creating hurt, pain, anger, etc. If only we always had the vision and courage to immediately admit we are doing that, and immediately go to HIM!

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