Over the past few years as I have taken steps to deepen my knowledge and understanding of our Faith, one thing has really stood out. It is the idea of humility. It seems to me that without humility, our Faith is unreachable, and God becomes much more distant and difficult to access.
There are many barriers (self-imposed) that block us from a true deep relationship with God. They are barriers, but things that the World deems important and the Devil impresses as noble. Achievement, success, wealth, and pride are a few of things vices. They are attributes that can lead to arrogance if not achieved in humility for the Glory of God, and they lead us to arrogance. Arrogance is the opposite of humility, and not of God.
It is only when we strip ourselves of everything that is a barrier to a truly committed relationship with God, are we able to truly experience him in all of his Glory. For most of us, this is not something that we are capable of during this Earthly existence. Thank goodness for Purgatory! We can still try and make an effort to get as close as we can to this goal. I think God helps us, through suffering and other Earthly battles. I think that seeking humility is especially difficult for us as Americans, and why so many of us struggle with our Catholic Faith, which seems at odds with the American Dream. We have been immensely blessed with material wealth and privilege. We really have no clue about true poverty. Our quest for material items though, has become more important and a bigger priority than our commitment to Faith and God. We see time and again, how this can end in tragedy. We only see the Earthly tragedy, what happens in the next realm when the material and Earthly become our focus? How many people who seem to have everything the world has to offer, wrestle with hopelessness and despair? How many succumb to evil while enjoying the extravagance of Earthly pleasures?
I have been wondering why such a God, who demands us to bask ourselves in humility seems to demand worship and praise. This doesn’t seem to coincide with the idea of humility.
Last week, I came across the answer. I came across a quote that outlined the idea that praise is about allowing God’s Glory to rain down upon us on Earth. When we praise and worship, we are allowing God’s Glory to radiate downward to us here on Earth, God certainly does not need us for his fulfillment of Glory, but we certainly need God’s Glory to shine and brighten our lives and our hearts. That is why we need worship. Liturgy, the highest form of worship, allows this to happen. It draws Gods Glory down to Earth and it enables us to be infused with his Grace. This is not something that can be bought, or that can be obtained through Earthly pursuits, and it is not deemed monetarily valuable. Make time for Mass, the gifts received from it, are worth more than any treasure this world can offer or provide.
God is so awesome and giving, and loves us so much that he wants to share his Glory with us.
Is there anything more humble than that?