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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe




Romans 11:1-2,11-12,25-29

Psalm 94:12-15,17-18

Luke 14:1,7-11


Jesus uses a social etiquette of taking a humble place at a wedding to illustrate the issue of the way we relate with God and with one another. Jesus was addressing people who were struggling with insecurity and unhealthy self-esteem. Such persons often bury their malaise under the garbs of self-importance. They pick an offense when you do not refer to them as Chief Engineer, Doctor, or Professor…They are easily offended when you confront them with the truth or point out their flaws. They will curse you out and remind you that they are old enough to be your parents. All of these titles cannot fill the void in our hearts (a void that only God can fill). We can learn a thing or two from the humility of Saint Charles Borromeo whom we celebrate today.

  • Although belonging to the Milanese nobility and related to the powerful Medici family, Charles desired to devote himself to the Church.

  • Working behind the scenes, Saint Charles deserves the credit for keeping the Council of Trent in session when at several points it was on the verge of breaking up.

  • As a bishop, he allotted most of his income to charity, forbade himself all luxury, and imposed severe penances upon himself.

  • During the plague and famine of 1576, Borromeo tried to feed 60,000 to 70,000 people daily.

  • Charles Borromeo saw Christ in his neighbour and knew that charity done for the least of his flock was charity done for Christ.


To stay humble:

  • Remember that there is more dignity in serving than in being served.

  • Focus more on doing the work than on the reward that comes from it.

  • Remember that titles are just that—titles. They neither increase nor diminish your importance.

  • Acknowledge the genius and efforts of others and celebrate them.

  • Use your exalted position to uplift others—do not trample them.

  • Remember that others helped you to attain your current position.

  • Thank God for the strength He has given you to serve others.

  • Pardon the failures of others and be open to criticisms and corrections.

  • Remember that rejecting applause is not humility. Receive it and return to work.

  • Remember that age and weakness will force you to the background. Your saving grace will be your humility when you are at the top.


Humility is an indispensable jewel that everyone should possess. Ask our Blessed Mother Mary to intercede for you. It is about her that Jesus says: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:11).

                                                                        JUDE-MARY OWOH



  1. Dear Lord Jesus, meek and humble of heart, have mercy on me.

  2. Please help me to discover who I am.

  3. Help me to see myself as You see me.

  4. May I never be burdened by the distorted desire for earthly honours and worldly esteem.

  5. Let my joy be in serving you and my neighbour wholeheartedly. Amen.

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