Scripture Reflection: Humility

27 Oct 2019 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Scripture Reflection: Humility

God’s Word to us today asks us to reflect on what is the Biblical meaning of humility; and how important is it to us.

The first reading, taken from the storehouse of Old Testament Wisdom accumulation, mentions the very often quoted motif of the plight of widows and orphans as an especial concern of our loving God. In the patriarchal social norms of the Old Testament world, men only had rights in the law. All others depended on the beneficence of a man for protection. Without a man, one was at the mercy of those around them for the possession of property, money, psychological well being, etc. The day to day results were not always pretty, despite the commandment to love one’s neighbor. It was seen, therefore, as the foundational experience for learning to depend upon God’s providence. It was this mentality Jesus had in mind when he proclaimed the first precept of the New Law as “Blessed are the poor in spirit…” He was referring to much more than economic poverty.

In all ages of human history people have sought security. Perhaps in no time in history has it been more addictive than in the modern Scientific era. We have been led to believe that Science either has, or will have a solution to every problem, every potential threat to personal security. We tend to insist that we be in control of every outcome in our personal lives. The Bible warns us that is a delusion!

Whatever our resources, we remain mortal, fallible creatures. God our Creator is ultimately in charge. We are constantly subject to Divine Providence. Consciousness of this dependence is what Biblical humility is all about. For this reason, Spiritual writers have often called it the ultimate realism… and the one true path to enlightenment!

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