Self-growth through the virtue of humility

Today’s Gospel tells us that the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who have humble hearts like the children.

When I was in grade school, I had trouble obeying my parents. As an only child, all the attention was in my favor. I would disobey their advice because my mind was not open to accept the truths about life.

One time, my father was teaching me to wash the dishes after we had our breakfast. I found it very difficult to do because I did not want to learn. Physically I was there but I was mentally unavailable while he was teaching me because I was not interested to do it. My father noticed that I was uncomfortable and uneasy. He then gave me an advice but I just cried in front of him. Whenever I committed mistakes due to faulty decisions, misbehavior and uttering senseless words, I always got scolded and as usual, my parents’ advices followed afterwards. I hear their words but I often fail to comprehend and drill these into my heart because of my utter disobedience and immaturity.

As I progressed in my high school and college days, my mind gradually adjusted and improved in terms of obedience and humility. When I entered our diocesan seminary in 2015 and left in 2017, God also transformed me to become a better version of myself. One which I had never imagined that I could even become. God enlightened me by teaching me to be humble and subject myself to change through the formation I received. As I went back to work after I left the seminary, I realized that I changed a lot in looking at the beauty of life and I was able to apply all the learnings I acquired and put them into action in my workplace.

Indeed, God “deformed” me and recreated in me a better version of myself. He opened the closed doors of my mind and heart and He showered upon me all the graces I needed to be transformed. Like the children in the Gospel, God is always calling me to live a life of humility and continuously improve in all aspects of my life by subjecting myself to the formation in the senior seminary. Lastly, I realized that self-growth becomes a reality when humility is in place.

By: Sem. Fernan Angelo M. Gonzales

Today’s Gospel

Mt. 19: 13 -15

Children were brought to Jesus
that he might lay his hands on them and pray.
The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said,
“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them;
for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
After he placed his hands on them, he went away.

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