‘From our Gospel reading for today: ‘He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted’.

St Benedict has this to say: ‘Wherefore, brethren, if we wish to attain to the summit of humility and desire to arrive speedily at that heavenly exaltation to which we ascend by the humility of the present life, then must we set up a ladder of our ascending actions like unto that which Jacob saw in his vision, whereon angels appeared to him, descending and ascending. By that descent and ascent we must surely understand nothing else than this, that we descend by self-exaltation and ascend by humility. And the ladder erected is our life in this world, which for the humble of heart is raised up by the Lord unto heaven. Now the sides of this ladder we call our body and soul, into which sides our divine vocation has fitted various degrees of humility and discipline which we have to climb’.

We ascend by humility … may God grant us this grace, the grace of true humility, learning from our Lord who was truly humble of heart. May God bless you this day.