“Everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled.” Luke 18:14
THE STRIKING PARABLE of the Pharisee and the publican teaches a lesson often taught elsewhere in the Scriptures-the lesson of humility. Both the Old and the New Testaments contain many passages that show God’s evaluation of humility.
“He raiseth up the needy from the dust, and lifteth up the poor from the dunghill: that he may sit with princes, and hold the throne of glory. For the poles of the earth are the Lord’s and upon them He hath set the world.” 1 Kings 2:8
“Where pride is, there also shall be reproach: but where humility is, there also is wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2
“It is better to be humbled with the meek, than to divide spoils with the proud.” Proverbs 16:19
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3
“Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29
“Whoever, therefore, humbles himself as this little child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:4
“He who is greatest among you shall be your servant.” Matthew 23:11
“Do nothing out of contentiousness or out of vainglory, but in humility let each one regard the others as his superiors.” Philippians 2:3
“But let the brother of lowly condition glory in his high estate, and the rich man in his lowly condition, for he will pass away like the flower of the grass.” James 1:9-10
Information from The Life of Christ “Our Lord’s Life with Lesson in His Own Words for Our Life Today” The Catholic Press, Inc. 1959 © 1954 edited by Reverend John P. O’Connell, MASTD and Jex Martin, following mainly A Chronological Harmony of the Gospels by Stephen J Hartdegen OFM NIHIL OBSTAT John A McMahon; IMPRIMATUR Samuel Cardinal Stritch, Archbishop of Chicago August 1, 1953. Print.