“HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE THE LORD AND HE WILL EXALT YOU” (James 4:10)

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (06 October 2018)

📖Job 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17; Ps 119:66, 71, 75, 91, 125, 130 (R.v.135a); Luke 10:17-24

May the grace and peace of Christ continue to abide with you both now and forever. Amen.

The word of God says in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” There can be no real penitence without humility.

Consider the action of Job after God had replied him! It was borne out of complete emptying of the self in order to let God take absolute control (cf. Job 42:6). The consequence of that action is God’s abundant blessing, more than before (Job 42:10-17).

Listen to what St. Francis tells all the faithful in his writing, “We must not be wise and prudent according to the flesh. Rather we must be simple, humble and pure.” So your humility shall not be for people to see and praise you but so that your name would be written in heaven, for there lies our real joy (Luke 10:20).

May we follow Christ faithfully, and so gain God’s blessings in this life and eternal life in the next. Amen.

Have a blessed and restful weekend, spent with God in humility of heart. Amen. Peace be with you.

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