Who can speak of his own humility without losing it?

“And lastly, with regard to the faithful, He says: ‘Learn of Me, because I am meek, and humble of heart; and you shall find rest to your souls’ (Matt. 11: 29). Such is this simplicity of His that He alone can speak of His own humility without losing it.”

Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., Providence (1932), Part II, Section 7.

When I read this it hit me hard: Jesus alone can speak of his own humility without losing it. I’m sure others have noticed this, and I may even have read it before. But things don’t always strike us at one time as they might at another. In any event, how true, and how amazing: Who else can pull off saying, “Learn of me, for I am humble”, and not come across as arrogant and conceited?

What gravity comes through in the scriptures when Christ is portrayed. How much more in person? Is it any wonder that people, upon hearing him speak, were often converted on the spot?

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2 thoughts on “Who can speak of his own humility without losing it?

  1. Agellius,
    Although not Catholic (which I suppose shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, seeing my name), I stumbled upon your blog and have enjoyed reading several of your posts, most notably, your shout out to Latter-day Saints. I also enjoyed this post as it gave me a new insight about the authenticity of Jesus’ humility (and other characteristics). Thanks for sharing.

    MIM

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