Humility Makes Things Easier
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Hello, everyone! I‘m Sr. Vassa, and this is just a short Coffee Break. As we are approaching
the feast of the Nativity or Christmas, at which Christ is born, ever so humbly, in a
manger, and, perhaps even more strikingly, His Mother, the All-Blessed
Virgin, gives birth, ever so humbly, in a manger, let‘s reflect a bit on this elusive
quality or virtue called “Humility.“ In the few words we have recorded in the New
Testament of the Mother of God Herself, She makes mention of humility several times, most
famously, perhaps, when soon after She‘s received news, at the Annunciation, that She
will give birth to the Savior, She says: “He has regarded the humility of His handmaiden...
“ (Lk 1:4 7). Now, we don‘t know all that much about the day-to-day life of Mary, the
Mother of God, but every time we do encounter Her in the New
Testament, Her humility is so striking, and we do know that She led a life of prayer and
also read the Scriptures. This reminds us, zillions, that humility is a gift; it‘s a
gift from God, a state of grace that comes from putting our life in God‘s care on a
daily basis, in daily prayer.
When we stop relying on ourselves, in the largely futile effort to control everything
and everyone, then our reaction to things that we‘d rather not have happen to us is
no longer anger, uncertainty, or fear. We have rather the spiritual strength, the grace,
the peace, and yes, the humility to survive. But humility is a gift, like I said. So when it eludes
us, and we notice ourselves slipping into self-reliance and dissatisfaction with people
and things we can‘t control, let‘s hurry back into the God Zone and get connected with Him.
But that's all I've got for you, for today, zillions. And I hope to see you next time.