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The Victory Of Humility


Reflection on Mass Reading for January 11, 2019

“Who indeed is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” The same misinterpretation of the nature and person of Christ in the first moments that our Savior walked the planet is often the same misappropriations that are made in the modern age that keep so many others from recognizing and thus loving the one who died to free us. It was His complete and pure humility that placed Jesus in complete and unyielding union with God that brought victory to all He touched and endeavored. The same is true for every believer. This is why arrogance and pride are such horrible enemies of the Gospel and the believer. Arrogance, as the proverb says, is a kingdom without a crown. 

Then the Gospel places the capstone upon our reflection. The Law strictly forbade anyone from touching the leper. When Jesus touched and healed the one with this horrible, disfiguring disease, the humble, sorrowful but believing leper gave us the very opposite of arrogance and reminded us that no one should be deemed untouchable, nor are we ever capable of judging who is worthy of receiving God’s love and mercy: “‘If you wish, you can make me clean.’ Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched the leper, and said to him, ‘I do will it. Be made clean.'” While it is very easy to sit on our self-made perches and self-taught premises and comment on the plight and weaknesses of everybody else accept the one in the mirror, it is never sustainable. Defeat is inevitable. There is indeed a thin line between confidence and arrogance. It is called humility. Confidence smiles. Arrogance smirks. 

A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.  C. S. Lewis

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