Humility is the surest pathway to sanctity, and at its greatest depth, humility is the recognition that God is God, and we are not. To this degree, Humility is Truth. It is this Truth that was violated by our First Parents, who fell to the temptation and believed the lies of the Evil one who said, “your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods….” (NAB, GN 3:5)
In fact, we are not gods, but we are servants of the One True God. Our faithfulness to him is borne out in our obedience to his Word and authentic teachings through the Church. Humility is the virtue by which we follow his will and relinquish our own. Humility is understanding ourselves to be created in his image and likeness merely because of his infinite love. This is how we know ourselves as his servants. The Great St. Augustine’s famous prayer, “Noscam Te! Noscam me” (May I know Thee; may I know myself).
Our Gospel today reminds us, “When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’” (NAB, LK 17:9-10) Father, give me the grace to recognize who I am, your beloved, and who you are, my loving Creator, the one who gives me all that I have and all that I am. Take my prideful heart and give me one of true servanthood, that I may always humbly do your will. Amen.