Monday, 3rd Week of Lent March 9th
Devin McCarthy C ‘16
Even The Strongest Need Humility
“If the prophet had commanded you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much rather than when He says to you, ‘wash and be clean.’” 2Kg 5:13
During the Lenten season, we give up material things; however, we need to further challenge ourselves within our faith lives and give up something that is not physical. This thing we carry around with us every day, it is our pride. To let go of this deadly sin we must humbly open our hearts to the Lord and allow Him to do His will with us. To bring humility into our hearts is what today’s readings are calling us toward. In the reading from Second Kings, Naaman was reluctant to make himself vulnerable to the healing works of the Lord. Who wouldn’t be, though? Naaman was a man afflicted with leprosy, but he did not let that stop him from being a respected military leader. Imagine yourself in a position of leadership and ill with a debilitating disease. You would have to maintain a figure of strength, in a time of personal deterioration. My grandfather is a current example of this. He was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago. As the patriarch of the family, he had to maintain an exterior of strength while his body was fighting against him. Because he is a man of faith, he humbled himself to the Lord’s plans. He sought help from his family members and received a cushion as he began to undergo his fight with cancer. It is truly a blessing that he is still alive, and he recognized that he could not do anything with God. We must allow the Lord to enter us so we may become vessels to His will.
Lord grant me the humility to recognize that I can do nothing without You. My thoughts, my words, my actions all are through You. Amen.