Jesus is the path, since He is the
incarnation of humility. But for us mortals, humility must be found in the
things we do, in the humiliations we accept and in the littleness we embrace
just as Jesus did.
Humility is not about being poor and wearing humble clothes, is not about
staying away from riches or power or things of the world, since we must live in
the world and for some, riches and possession can coexist with humility of
heart. However, a humble rich man would not count too much on his riches, he
would share his riches with the poor in order to follow Jesus.
King David was a very rich man, yet he was humble of heart, even though he
committed great sins, he confessed his sins to God and had them always before
him, he obtained his forgiveness and lived to love Him.
He pleased the Lord by having a humble and contrite heart.
The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord (Psalm 111:10) . Not fear of His
punishment but rather fear of offending Him, of losing Him or separating from
Him. Sin separates man from God therefore man becomes proud and ignores the law
of his maker. God does not force His commandments upon us but allows us to fall
into sin so that in our humiliation we can come to our senses, discover our
pride and repent.
Humility of the heart consists in becoming like Jesus in all our thoughts, words
We must think humbly, always remembering that God is watching our thoughts
(Psalm 44:21), so we must avoid thoughts of impurity, envy and hatred since we
may offend Him.
Our words must be filled with charity and understanding, so that we don't offend
anyone, remembering that we shall be judged for every careless word that we say
Our actions must be conducted in the Will of God; in a way we must seek
permission from God for everything we do and we should seek his blessing for all
our undertakings. We must exercise our free will with humility to avoid doing
something offensive in His sight.
The path of humility is a path of self discovery, it involves being over
critical of any little thing that may threaten our relationship with God.
Humility involves a desire to be like Christ, leaving behind the burden of pride
to be free to carry the yoke and the burden of the cross. Humility is submission
to Christ which can only come if we love his commandments. The humble man does
not get offended by the pride of others who offend him, he will forgive them and
resist the temptation of being hurt.
Humility is not so much made up of external actions to obtain praise of other
religious people, it is a personal secret surrender to God, a very profound
annihilation in the sight of God because we are nothing and God is everything
In order to be justified by humility, we must acknowledge that we are proud.
After all this is the first of all sins, since all sins are committed in our
pride (Proverbs 11:2). Pride is the sin that made Lucifer loose his place of
honor in Heaven, it is also the poison that destroys all the good we may have
gained through humility.
To be truly humble we must need God above all things, we must feel totally
dependant on Him, we must be afraid of losing Him, because without him we are
We, human beings, are so far from God as darkness is from light, in fact, our
natures would repel each other if we didn't have a bridge between us, which is
Jesus Christ our Savior. Therefore, we must spend the rest of our lives
considering how to be humble.
And to say it once again, if we think we are humble, that in itself is a proud
thought, because there is only one who is humble, Christ Himself who said learn
from me because I am meek and humble of heart (Matthew 11:29).
It would make us humble to meditate on how little charity we have for others, on
how we have harbored thoughts of impurity in our souls to offend the purity of
God, on how cruel we have been by crucifying our Savior with our sins or on how
much we have loved ourselves depriving God of our love.