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Sunday Readings Reflection: The Centrality of Humility

August 27, 2016 - Spirituality & Theology

In the Gospel reading today, Jesus tells us a parable about a wedding feast. In this parable, He describes right conduct at the wedding to demonstrate how we should live out every moment of our lives: with humility. To be humble is incredibly difficult, for even humble actions can be motivated by pride, and we can be proud of “being humble.”

In his famous summary of the Christian faith, Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis tells us that “according to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.”

How then, are we to live lives of true humility? In The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren writes: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. Humility is thinking more of others.” This is the key to a humble life. We ought not to be concerned with our own interests as much as we are concerned with others’. When we love others just for the sake of love, when we invite them off the streets to our wedding feast, even when we know that they can never repay us, then we will find humility. It is in this humility that we can truly find God. As C. S. Lewis also wrote: “As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on thing and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.”