From Our Vicar
Doctrinally, Humility is a gift to be received from the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ Jesus poured out from the Godhead, Holy Trinity, (c.f., Philippians 2:6-11). Psychologically, Humility means to understand the self and through that to understand others as well. Behaviorally, Humility is the attitude where a person is not attached to his or her opinion and feelings. It helps us to stop overidentifying with our thoughts and emotions about the other. Standing back from our reactions and allowing ultimate truth to come along.
Philosophically, Humility is the most natural expression of truth. It helps in better understanding truth, as such. Politically, Humility is the basis for maintaining self-respect and common decency. Socially, Humility does not mean bowing down and being subservient to others. Theologically, Humility allows you to see benefit in everything – Abundance. Neighborly, Humility never makes excuse or regret, only stepping back to yield for the other to receive accommodation.
Spiritually, accepting humility’s gift empowers more resistance to both avarice and envy. Jesus’ humility offers us both relief and development, “my yoke is easy and my burden is lite.” May this season of transforming our collective pain and suffering reach new beginnings for all our relatives, especially those Jesus calls, ‘the little ones’. Be humble, walk back with your God in His Paschal Mystery- Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection – HUMILITY, not shame.
Fr. ~ Matthew