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Prayer For A Humble Spirit

My Dear Jesus!

You know me. You know my heart. You know how proud I am; this feeling determines my life and relationships with others.

Nothing is wrong with being proud if You are the source of it and everything goes back to You in the form of praise and gratitude.

But so many times, my Jesus, I am full of myself. So many times, my world circles around me without even thinking of you.

Your words from Sirah 3 are strong and powerful. Let me contemplate them now:

My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.

Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God.

What is too sublime for you, seek not, into things beyond your strength search not.

The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs, and an attentive ear is the joy of the wise.

Water quenches a flaming fire, and alms atone for sins.

Yes, my Lord, this is exactly what I want. I want my spirit to be humble, I want adobt a mindset of gratitude for everything in my life. Everything Jesus!

You made a great example of how to achieve that when you dined with the Pharisees on a sabbath day. This is what you said in Luke 14:

“When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at table in the place of honor.

A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him,
and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say, ‘Give your place to this man,’ and then you would proceed with embarrassment to take the lowest place.

Rather, when you are invited, go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, ‘My friend, move up to a higher position.’

Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table.

For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Then you said to the host who invited you:

“When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.

Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

My Lord, you can and will rekindle this spirit in me because it is hard for me to act like this by myself. But I assure you, Jesus, my heart is opened, and I am ready for the change.

Bless me and bless all the people around me.

I love you so much!

Amen.

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