BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT

"I belive in God the Father Almighty creator of heaven and earth..."

(God creates and maintains the dynamic nature of the universe by a Single Act .)

A. Humility: Radical Dependence

Humility is the realization of one's dependence on the totality of creation and on the Creator.

Courtesy of NASA, Apollo 17

Looking at the earth from outer space helps to realize how infinitesimally small we are. Our life is sustained by a mantle of air which surrounds us. The globe's gravitational attraction helps to walk the solid earth and its swirling clouds bring us the needed water without which life would be impossible. But our lives depend on a much greater reality in which "we live, move and have our being" (Acts 17:28), a mysterious all encompassing power and presence which we call God. Even the movement of our will depends on God who moves it as its first cause.

We are dependent on the love and life-giving power of God every moment of our lives to such an extent that if He were to forget us for a moment we would cease to exist. At the very root of our being we are nothing without God.

But many, because of Sin, fail to realize their radical dependence of God and so do not raise their hearts and minds to the Creator in Prayer, so taken up are they by worldly pursuits. In the Imitation of Christ we read: "When a man of good will is afflicted, tempted and tormented by evil thoughts, he realizes clearly that his greatest need is God, without Whom he can do no good. Saddened by his miseries and sufferings, he laments and prays." Thomas À Kempis, Ch. 12.

Please click image to link to a sight beautifully illustrated life of Francis of Assisi who lived a life radically dependent on God's Providence.

Humility recognizes the sovereignty of God over our lives. Mary completely realized this when she said to the angel Gabriel who told her that she had been chosen by God to conceive and bear God's Son:

God's Humility

Courtesy of Harry & Dorret Goodwin