“Who? ME?!” … Monday, January 7

A Rosary Meditation … The First Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation. “When she had heard him she was troubled at his word, and kept pondering what manner of greeting this might be.” Luke 1:29. Isn’t that the way it always is with people who are honestly humble? It’s the “Who, me?” reaction. “What did he mean by that? Doesn’t he know about me?” That “about me” part can be any number of things, and they needn’t be related to sin. Granted, for most of us they are, but not for Mary. It can just as easily center on a sense of true worth compared to God and His majesty. We all pale in comparison. Humility can be a hard thing to put your finger on. I’ve heard it said that if you think you’re humble its proof you’re not. I accepted that for a long while. Until I looked up the dictionary definition of humility. Its defined as “honest self-evaluation.” So a person is as humble as they are honest about themselves and humility, rather than being a thing sought after, is a side effect of honesty. Considering that we can know whether or not we’re honest we can gauge our humility. But once the honesty goes to the core, as it does with Mary, well, we’d probably rather not do the gauging. Its best left in God’s hands.

Today …  St. Crispin.

Annunciation retable, Rodez

Annunciation retable, Rodez (Photo credit: Nick in exsilio)

Two brothers bore this name, both canonized. One served Pavia, in Lombardy, Italy, for thirty years. The other was bishop in the reign of Pope St. Leo I the Great. I think, just me here, that this would be a good way to keep humble. Having a saintly brother … both ways. “Who? Me? No, you must be thinking of him.” And that’s probably another thing that contributes to humility. Thinking of others instead of self. First things first. The first thing being God and my neighbor.

Think …

Benjamin Franklin said …


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