Humble Yourself!

Luke 14:11

For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

We live in a culture that tends to think in terms of the game of power and domination.  Scarcely a day goes by in which we are not told that the Way of the World is rich vs. poor, black vs. white, male vs. female.  So calls for humility are easily viewed as the “opiate of the masses”: a handy bit of religious agitprop to keep the sheep docile while they are fleeced by the Powers That Be.  But Jesus, the Lamb of God, counsels humility anyway, not because He’s a fool, nor because He’s trying to find a new angle by which to become King of the World, but because He knows there is something beyond the world and He is here to get us out of the game.  Humility is the key, not to power, but to joy which the world of power cannot grasp.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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  • grn724

    There is only 2 ways to go: Pride then Disobedience then Death, first moral death followed by spiritual death then death of life then to hell.
    OR Humility then Obedience then Life, but not only life, byt life more abundant which brings freedom, not freedom to do whatever you want whenever you want, but freedom to do what you ought to do, when then leads to heaven.