Today, 22nd Sunday, Ecclesiasticus counsels: “Be gentle in carrying out your business…. The greater you are, the more you should behave humbly, and then you will find favour with the Lord” Christ promises us that “the man who humbles himself will be exalted”. Why is humility an integral part of Christian righteousness? Because it is humility that keeps us mindful of our inestimable privilege: we “have come to.. Jesus, the mediator who brings a new covenant”. Only humility can dispose us to want what the Lord offers and to be ever receptive to his mercy in our midst. Without humility we cannot truly share the Good News of salvation:”Humility recognises God as he is…. Humility and trust are what make a person truly human” (Pope Benedict XVI).

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