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Pardon Me Your Ego Is Showing

Two of God’s humble servants

Years ago, I remember seeing two men at two different places and times, who made me think of the value of a humble life.  Both men, close to my age at the time, about 70, wore shabby clothes and a few days growth of beard.

One was delivering hand bills, door to door, in the neighborhood – a humble task.  The other walked along Archer Avenue, carrying two plastic bags filled with empty aluminum cans, hoping to sell them for recycling and make a few dollars – this too, a lowly work.

Unconcerned about what others thought of their lowly esteemed employment, they went about their work calmly.  At the time, I honestly wished that I could take their places because they certainly had no temptations to self-importance, a serious sickness of the mind that affects most people at various times of life.  With humility of spirit, these men had a good chance to enjoy a peace of heart that no self-important person can ever experience.

In parades, sometimes, great balloon-like figures sway in the air above the line of marchers.  Filled with hot air or some kind of gas, these oversized images can come crashing to the ground if a sharp instrument penetrates the outer skin.  So, too, a self-important person is artificially blown up about his talents or social position.  A sharp adversity can empty him of everything with a resounding fall to reality.

Jesus, one day, heard His disciples talking about who was the most important in their company.  With rare sharpness of word, the Master rebuked them for their shallow mindedness.  “If anyone wishes to rank first, he must remain the last one of all and the servant of all.”  Thus spoke Jesus.

Let everyone beware!  This disease can afflict anyone for a short or long period of time.  If the reader finds that life is filled with bitterness, lack of peace, constant conflict with others, little enjoyment in life, then he should test one’s personal attitudes for this poisonous fever of self-importance.

Our true worth as a person lies not in our abilities, possessions or social rank, but, rather, in our destiny as children of God to be with Him someday in glory.  Only the best of friends will tell us, “Pardon me, but your ego is showing!”


Fr. George Mc Kenna

August 19, 2012 - Posted by | Bulletins

1 Comment »

  1. So True!

    Comment by Lynne Donegan | August 30, 2012 | Reply

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