- Humbleness / Humility?
We come across this word in
our daily life as well as in our Christian life. Does it just mean meekness and modesty? Or,
is it different from the expression of a customer service rep, a waitress or a
sales girl when they want to make a profit out of us? Or is it just a mask that people with l.g.s.
(looking good syndrome) wear.
Through Virgin Mary, the
promise and prophesies of human salvation was fulfilled. In the Old Testament,
when patriarch Abraham was asked to sacrifice Isaac, Abraham was being
humble. Being humble is “preferring God
over everybody and everything”. Abraham’s
humbleness was to love God more than his promised son. He had the belief that
Isaac was born because God gave him Isaac. He was willing to slaughter his son; if God wanted it. He did not take any of his servants who
accompanied him in the journey to the slaughter either. It was very personal. Just Abraham and God alone; and isaac the one
to be sacrificed.
When Gabriel came to Mary,
it was Mary and Gabriel alone. When the
salutation “shlom lekh btulto Mariam,” (peace be with you Virgin Mary), and the
filling with grace “Maliass thibootso” (You are filled with grace) she knew
what she was going to suffer. Every people
she knew would accuse her as immoral. My
beloved reader! She did not spend any
word or any of her time convincing others that she was innocent. It does not even say that she even tried to
explain to her Joseph. She used her time
praising her Lord. Because she had God
in her person. She served God because
she was a servant of God only. She did
not want to look good. She left it to
God to decide the notifications. God
revealed to Joseph, God revealed to Elizabeth.
The Christian humbleness is
not making deals for self gratifications. It is not a mask either. It is adamantly
standing for Jesus Christ. It is comlete surrender of one’s self for the glory
of God alone. It is bearing testimony for Jesus before the entire world. It is
like the saint Athanasius. Athanasius contra mundum. (Athanasius
against the world!) If I am a humble christen, I must be “Monsy
Dn. Monsy Manimalethu Jacob