Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
Humility. I find this word is so often misunderstood and we think it means things it does not. Looking in the dictionary doesn't really help. The dictionary says, “a modest or low view of one's own importance; humbleness.” However, when we follow this definition, I think we can turn thinking less of ourselves into a challenge and negative self-talk or belief isn’t being humble, it is being mean to ourselves.
I thought humility was that I couldn’t accept help. So often I would carry many heavy things into the office by myself. My arms would be overflowing and often I would drop things. Usually there would be someone who would see me struggling and they would offer to help. They would ask to carry a bag or at least walk ahead and open a door. I would turn them down, not accept the help and think of myself as humble. But that wasn’t humble, that was pride and thinking I needed to do it all myself. Humbleness would be accepting the help and saying thank you, or even nicely asking someone nearby for help.
I am currently reading, “The Heart of Perfection” by Colleen Carrol Campbell, (which I cannot highly recommend enough). While (at least not yet) she isn’t directly talking about humility as she writes about perfection, it is so woven in. And I find myself questioning why I do certain activities. How do I speak to myself? Am I harsh or gentle? Does me trying to fast make myself strive towards holiness or does it take it out on those around me? Which element of that do I have to work on? Am I obsessive about getting something right because I want to do a good job or because I am searching for unattainable perfection? These can be small adjustments to make, but they can make a huge difference in how we treat ourselves and others.
There is nothing you can do that will make God love you more. There is nothing you can do that will make Him love you less. But when we strive for humility, we try to see ourselves for who we are and we rely on God to help us do what we need. In this we find true freedom.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
What are some areas in your life that God may be calling you to be more humble?
How can you be more humble without being negative towards yourself?
How can being truly more humble make you more free?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"I love you Jesus."
"Jesus I trust in You."
"Come Holy Spirit."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Make a list of ways you can be more humble on a daily basis. Pick one of those ways and actually try it this week.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Lisa Kendzior, Junior High Youth Minister at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, IL.
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