The webpage of the Youth Ministry of the Irish Province of Augustinians

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C - 24th October, 2010


There is a story that tells of a man who went into a church and prayed in the following way: "O Lord, I am such an unworthy sinner and yet you love me.  Your mercy surpasses anything I could ever deserve.  Your love for me gives me strength and courage."

After a short while another man came in to the same church and said: "O Lord, I am such an unworthy sinner and yet you love me.  Your mercy surpasses anything I could ever deserve.  Your love for me gives me strength and courage."

When he heard this, the first man said: "Who the hell does HE think he isn't?"

Humility is like that.  It can easily lead us down a path where we think the correct thing to do is to make ourselves less than others.  It can even make us proud of what we are not and pride, as St. Augustine points out in his rule, is the root of many sins.

True humility is about honesty.  If I am good at something I should be humble enough to acknowledge my gift just as I would be (probably) only too willing to acknowledge what I can not do.  Humility is about being who you are.  It has nothing at all to do with being who you might think you should be.

The important point here is that every one of us is necessary to the proper functioning of the Christian community.  The more any individual doesn't take part, the weaker that community will continue to be.

Very often people wish they were like others.  This is not humility.  In fact, sometimes it is not even healthy. The gospel challenges us to accept ourselves as gifted, to explore that giftedness and to use it for the benefit of all.

 

We all have gifts.  We also all have gifts that we have not even begun to explore.  The challenge of our Christian lives is to explore ourselves - our hearts and minds - with the same enthusiasm that a teenager might use for exploring their body.  As we explore our hearts and minds we are going to discover all sorts of things that will be of use to our community and to individuals that we meet on our journey.

Sometimes we might not even realise that what we discover within ourselves is a real gift but we have to go about this task with the conviction that God doesn't make rubbish.

The journey into oneself is sometimes a lonely journey and often difficult but it is never a worthless one.  We are made in the image of God and the more we learn about ourselves the more we will learn about God.  In the words of St. Augustine: "Search for yourself to find God, search for God to find yourself."

Possidius




Article posted on 21st of October 2010

Click here for a printable version of this page
Web Analytics