We hear from the book of Sirach this weekend about the value and importance of Humility. As we are surrounded by a culture that seems to promote the value of self-importance, this virtue can easily get lost and its benefits lost with it. When I was in college, I had a group of buddies that I used to hang out with on the weekends. Every weekend we would get together, play some games and eat food. We had so much fun that I would look forward all week to another weekend with my friends. We were quite the collection of personalities too. Two of them I remember in particular because they were polar opposites. One of my friends had the unique ability to always have something going on in his life to brag about. And he would bring up his stories at the most annoying moments. He would wait for someone else in the group to mention something that was great in their lives and then we would all hear the first words come out of his mouth, they were always the same… “Oh that’s nothing, you need to hear about my week!” It was so predictable too that later I would just have to laugh it off. Now my other friend was just the opposite, my only word to describe him was humble. He would listen to our other friend roll over someone else’s story with his own story and would never get annoyed. He would simply listen attentively, validate his experience, and move on. Even if it was his story that was interrupted. Time and time again we saw our friend humbly deal with our more obnoxious friend every single week. Humility makes an impact, though. Even to this day when I find myself having to deal with a rather overbearing personality, I still think of my humble friend from college who would just seem to let things roll off of him in such a peaceful way. I think about his humility in how he put others first even when times seemed difficult to do so. I remember how everyone in that group of friends easily saw him as their best friend in the room, not because he was popular or successful or smart, but because he was humble. May God continually create a humble heart in us all.
St. Alexander… pray for us
God Bless, Fr Mark