What's in Your Heart
"They were watching him,” we read of the Pharisees, who were eyeing Jesus as he dined.
Do you, as a person in public ministry, ever feel as if you are in the spotlight, with all eyes on you, even at social events? Is it difficult for you to relax, concerned that you might do or say something that will be misinterpreted or criticized?
What do you do, where do you go, when you want to relax and be a private person for a little while?
A friend of mine was secretly hurt when the provisions of his mother's will were announced. He'd always assumed that his mother would bequeath her wedding ring to his daughter. She was the only granddaughter and his only sibling had no children. Instead, his mother left the ring to her god-daughter, a young woman who was not married. Though he had great affection for the woman who now owned the ring, he began to feel angry and resentful toward her. He hated how it kept eating at him and finally he went to talk to his parish priest.
"What hurts the most?" asked the priest, gently.
"It's that I wonder if my mom loved me or loved my daughter. I know that's crazy, but that's what I begin to feel," he responded.
"So why don't you make a new will listing all the gifts your mother did bestow upon you and your daughter in her lifetime? What would you start with?"
"She always made us laugh," he said, a huge smile dawning on his face, erasing the worry lines. "And she always made my daughter's favorite meal whenever we'd come over to visit. And she . . ."
The list went on and on. Jesus invites us to appreciate the abundance that is ours rather than worry about what anyone else is getting. It can be hard, but with a little humility and gratitude, there's a way.
Humility exists only in those who are poor enough to see that they possess nothing of their own.
—Blessed Angela of Foligno
We make a show of retreating and hiding, so that someone may run after us and seek us out; we pretend to want to be last, seated at the foot of the table, but only in order to move “humbly” to the head.
—Saint Francis de Sales
When you have pity on the poor, you lend to God; and whoever gives to the least, gives to God.
—Saint Cyprian of Carthage
If there is no humility, love remains blocked.