"The humble will be exalted and the exalted will be humbled." Jesus did not find equality with God something to be grasped at, rather He humbled himself. Jesus humbled himself for our sakes. He humbled himself unto death upon a cross. God found favor with Mary, because she was the humble handmaid of the Lord.
As I roam the halls of these threads, it seems that many times, I see a severe lack of humility from many people that post here. I'm not just talking about the name calling that goes on between people from other faith based organizations and Catholics, and name calling between Catholics themselves, but also on some of the threads that I see. I see people talking about how their priests homily sucked, people talking about how they can tell if people are real Catholics or not, because they knelt in front of an empty tabernacle on Good Friday, etc. Am I the only person who notices this? I have recently saw threads where people commented to the fact that they don't bother listening to their priests homilies, but instead, they read the homily in the missal. Really??? I understand that some things like chatty parishioners & cell phones ringing in church can be very annoying and offensive, but now were getting to the point where we are critiquing priests homilies and judging whether people are real Catholics or not by their appearance? Do you all think that most Catholics really know how important the virtue of humility is? Don't people realize that pride was the reason sin entered the universe? Please tell me that I'm not the only one who notices this. A wise man once told me, "No humility, no holiness, no holiness, no heaven." and those are words that I truly take to heart and try living by. When I look around on these threads, I feel like this is a lost virtue on many.
"Humility must always be doing its work like a bee making its honey in the hive: without humility all is lost.
Teresa Of Avila
"Wouldst thou comprehend the height of God? First comprehend the lowliness of God. Condescend to be humble for thine own sake, seeing that God condescended to be humble for thy sake too, for it was not for his own.
Augustine Of Hippo