Humility vs. Worldly Pride – May 21 – Homily – Fr Ignatius

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Fr Ignatius gives the homily at Bloomington, IN, on May 21, 2024, where he discusses pride versus humility, teaching that true humility brings God's grace, helps resist evil, and leads to exaltation.

Father begins by discussing the themes of pride and humility in the morning's readings. He references the apostles in today's gospel, arguing about who among them is the greatest, demonstrating worldly pride. He notes James and John's desire to sit beside Jesus in His kingdom, thinking in worldly terms. Father emphasizes St. James' changed attitude in the first reading, stating that friendship with the world is enmity with God and that God resists the proud. The gospel antiphon teaches to only boast in the cross of Christ. Father underscores three aspects of humility taught in the readings: intellectually acknowledging our place before God, submitting our will to God's commands, and humbly serving others. He explains the benefits of humility: receiving God's grace, resisting the devil, and eventual exaltation by God.

References:

James 4:4 - Friendship with the world is enmity with God - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/james/4?4
James 4:6 - God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/james/4?6
Galatians 6:14 - May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/galatians/6?14
James 4:7 - Submit yourselves to God - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/james/4?7
James 4:10 - Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/james/4?10

00:00 - Introduction
00:12 - Pride and Humility
00:38 - Desire for Worldly Honors
01:11 - St. James' Lesson
02:03 - Example of Humility
02:45 - Humility Towards Others
03:18 - Effects of Humility
03:54 - Resisting the Devil

Ave Maria!

Mass: St. Christopher Magallanes and companions - Opt Mem - http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=7129
Readings: Tuesday 7th Week of Ordinary Time - http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052124.cfm
1st: jam 4:1-10
Resp: psa 55:7-11, 23
Gsp: mar 9:30-37

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