Reflections

From the office Annette Roux, Pastoral Associate
5/26/2018 10:23:00 AM
   
May 26 - 27, 2018

The disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" He called a little child over to sit among the disciples, and said, "I assure you that if you don't turn your lives around and become like this little child, you will definitely not enter the kingdom of heaven. - Matthew 18:1-6

Humility isn't in vogue in our culture. Even more than competence, outright hubris can win the day. Humility is for losers with low self-esteem, and we love winners. But what might win elections and promotions is not what wins God's heart. Jesus rejects those who are seeking to be "the greatest" and instead opens his arms up to those who "humble themselves" like children. Does that mean we should not be proud? No. Being proud and being humble are not opposites. You can, and should, absolutely believe that you are a beloved child of God, created by God and profoundly gifted. No one is inherently more worthy than you!  But the problem comes when you begin to believe that you are more worthy than others. True humility is not about thinking of yourself as less than others but knowing that you are equally worthy, and that every good gift you have been given is not for yourself but for others.
What we learned, and somehow better understood, about how to treat one another when we were children still applies. And even if it doesn't win the day in the board room or on the ballot, that child-like virtue still wins God's heart every time.

Prayer: God, help me to love myself exactly as you made me, and help me to be humble enough that I may love others. Amen.

Annette Roux, Pastoral Associate

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