Reflection For Tuesday, 11th Week In Ordinary Time, A
Swallow Your Pride And Be Humble
The Apostle Paul said to the Corinthians, “Who made you so important? What have you got that was not given to you? And if it was given to you, why are you boasting as though it were your own?” (1 Corinthians 4, 7). This passage is good enough as our opening statement on the topic to be treated on pride and arrogance.
The story of King Ahab, his wife, Jezebel and the poor Naboth in today’s first reading is a big lesson for us who prides ourselves as though we own the world. Honestly, we just need to swallow our pride like King Ahab and stop ourselves from judging others: “Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Since he has humbled himself before me, I shall not bring the disaster in his days; I shall bring the disaster down on his House in his son’s days” (1 Kings 21, 29).
Particularly, in the first reading, we heard of the divine comeuppance that was prognosticated for the evil Queen, Jezebel who excogitated the gruesome killing of the innocent Naboth. Because of pride, the Queen fell into an abyss of an ended torture, but her husband, King Ahab won a reprieve for admitting his rue.
So many times we see people, because they have been favoured with riches and wealth, behaving as if their lives are in their hands. When we are humble and simple in whatever we are doing, God will accept the little sacrifices that we have done here on earth.
If the nefarious, proud, villainous, iniquitous and immoral King Ahab can repent, it really shows that we are nothing with our riches. Elijah went to King Ahab in the same manner that Nathan had gone to rebuke David (2 Samuel 12, 1ff).
My dear friends, today, we can be like Elijah who prayed to God for the forgiveness of King Ahab. May pride, arrogance, ego, haughtiness, and pompoucity be very far away from us.
Have a great day ahead!
Read 1 Kings 21, 17-29 and Matthew 5, 43-48