Arrogance and Humility are Incompatible

THURSDAY: First Week in Ordinary Time

1Sam.4:1-11/Ps.43:10-11.14-15.24-25/Mk.1:40-43


Arrogance and Humility are Incompatible


Israel was twice defeated at war with the Philistines. Even when the Ark of the Covenant was with them on the battlefield, their casualties were in the thousands. The enemy captured the Ark of the Covenant. Israel went home to lick her wounds. Arrogance and perversion of faith are humankind’s worse enemies. If we follow God's will, God will not abandon us. It is the other way around.


Consumed by ego, humankind relying on their own efforts betray themselves. God designed his covenant to sustain an unbreakable bond with his people. Covenants enable us to put on the divine nature and substance of God. When this happens, we are instruments in the hands of God (Jer.31:31-34).



People do not fight for God but with God. God is the architect of history. God is not a showpiece. Faith is not a mask. The two transforms us and transubstantiate believers into strong and faithful soldiers of God and Christ Jesus. Adopting that mindset calls for unparalleled humility and obedience on the part of all who wish to fight any battle in God’s name


Losers like Israel must remind us, we cannot approach God with wrong motives. God knows the consequence of all our actions long before we approach him (Ps.129; Jas.4:3). Failure sometimes is necessary to keep our spirituality in check. Today’s Responsorial Psalm is a beautiful exposition of Israel’s examination of conscience in the aftermath of her loss. She apportioned the blame to God but later realised her help is in the Lord. God is never asleep. He never wavers in his plan to save us and protect us. We have free will to abide by his covenant and enjoy his divine protection.


Lord, guide my steps and teach the virtues of humility and obedience.

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