Humility is the grease in the wheels of society. This expression of Charity, loving others by placing yourself at their service, is one of the most counter-cultural virtues we have as a Church. The world tells us to grab life and take whatever we can get, to put ourselves first and succeed at all costs. The world rewards ambition, not humility.
This prideful self-promotion is the direct opposite of what Christ modeled for us. He asks us to humble ourselves and allow others to raise us up, just as He humbled Himself by becoming man to die for us. He placed Himself at our service and the Father raised Him up to the highest seat in heaven, at the Father’s right hand.
So as we seek to serve Christ with humility like His, let us take the advice of the Book of Sirach: “My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.” Let our ears be attentive to the voices of others, not our own voice. For “an attentive ear is the joy of the wise.”