The readings on the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time speak to the disciples of Christ about “humility.” Christian humility is the virtue that stems from the knowledge that God is the author of all good and results in the Christian not thinking too highly of oneself.
In the first reading from the Prophet Zephaniah we are told “Seek justice and humility, perhaps you may be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.” In other words be humble before God and men, pleasing in His sight and we will be blessed and protected by our God.
In the second reading St. Paul speaks to the Church at Corinth and to us how the humility of Christ and His disciples does not make sense to the world, “God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise.” In His wisdom we find the source of humility which is the cross of Christ. Paul tells us, “Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.” It is God that has done all good things through us. We acknowledge this in humility.
And in the Gospel, we hear from Jesus the beginning of His Sermon on the Mount in which He is shown as true Teacher and interpreter of the Law of Moses. Jesus teaches His disciples going beyond the Law. He teaches about humility as He lists the Beatitudes which all start out with “Blessed.” Blessed is translated as “happy”. If we live this new law of Christ in humility we will be “blessed”, we will find true happiness.
As disciples of Christ, let us bow before our God in humility, fully realizing that everything we have accomplished, every good thing we possess are a direct result of God working in our lives. Let us imitate the humility of the Humble One, our Lord Jesus Christ. In this and in all things good we boast in the Lord!