I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
Humility can be summed up in this prayer: “Jesus, help me to love myself as you love me.” It encapsulates the fact that God’s love for us–and not our own–is the true scale of worth. He loves us no matter our failings, when pride would lay all blame.
Pride is the judgment of God’s love; humility is acceptance, not only of God’s love, but also His choice of how to show love. It requires trust, not suspicion.
Then many of his disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”
Humility is best and most purely practiced, before the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration. He shows his love for each of us wholly, breathtakingly, in humility. He becomes a prisoner, just hoping we’ll stop by to say we love Him, too.
Yet, this is also the time that pride would judge Him. For it is here, more than anywhere else you can find Him, that recalls the ignominy of the Cross.
Most loved, and yet most hated time!
But in true humility, we accept this great devotion of Our Lord. We accept the way He has chosen to show His Love. Only when we accept that Way can we love ourselves correctly.
It is a matter of returning our hearts of stone to hearts of flesh. That was Christ’s mission on earth, and it continues to be His mission.
Obey His love by loving yourself in the same way.