September 1, 2013 –– Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
One of the most difficult traits to master is humility. Yet, it is an important part of stewardship. Perhaps the most humbling aspect of stewardship is the admission that we are not in charge. There are so many occurrences along our life journey that are simply beyond our control.
Jesus emphasizes being humble in today’s Gospel: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” There are many characteristics attributed to that of a good steward. After prayer, humility is the trait most commonly mentioned in an examination of the stewardship way of life.
Even today’s first reading from Sirach begins with the statement, “My child, conduct your affairs with humility.” In our American society, with our emphasis on individuality and independence, humility is a great challenge. Most of us acknowledge that Christ was a humble man. He tried over and over to point out to us the importance of having a proper perspective of who we are and how we need to relate to our God and to our fellow people, our sisters and brothers. The noted author and theologian C. S. Lewis said, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” That is good advice for a true steward as well.