“When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’”

The verse I share above comes from the end of today’s gospel reading (Lk 17:7-10).  It also happens to be the inspiration for the name of this blog and the “life verse” that I have used in the signature line of my emails for many years.

There is much that can be said of the central theme of this passage: humility.  First, let me say that in recent months it has been in short supply.  Not only from the candidates, particularly the ones at the top of their respective tickets, but also from their respective advocates.  It is good to express informed views, but only when these views are based on the truth of Jesus Christ (my favorite definition of humility: acknowledgement of the truth).  It is true wisdom to confess that, ultimately, God is in charge.  Then it is easy to remember that God is God and that we are not.  The Lord is the true King of our lives — something no earthly leader can ever honestly claim.

A worthwhile exercise is to find all instances of the word humble or humility in the Bible and then check out pride or proud.  Which of these habits do you wish to exhibit?

May God bless us and may He bless the United States of America.

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