The Power of Humility

By Christopher Lenart, a parishioner at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Naperville, who is posting once a month, every month, on this blog, writing about faith-related matters, To contact Christopher, email him at To learn more about him, go to his website:

Happy Easter! That sounds so funny since Easter was two weeks ago, but we are still in the Easter season. On Holy Thursday, I was honored to be one of the Apostles who got their feet washed. As I thought about that night, all I could think of was how Jesus washed my smelling feet through the priest.

Here is God doing the “dirty work” without complaining. I thought about all of the things that I hate doing and how I get mad for having to do it. What is God seeing in my actions?  Am I above God? I don’t think so. The bigger question is what will I do to show humility?

I am a human, not God. In today’s society, some people think that they are gods or goddesses. I think they haven’t experience what true humility feels like. They get their own ways and never experienced nothing else.

On Holy Thursday, I could have my feet washed and think nothing about it. I also could think that the priest was dumb for doing it. I think most people would think the latter and say that the Catholic Church is not in tune of today’s culture. On the contrary, the Catholic Church is fully aware of what society needs. That is why every Holy Thursday, the priest washes feet to show humility to another person.

If I was not one of the persons, who got their feet washed, would I realize this notion? Probably not. I would probably be one of the people who were thinking about what they were going to do after the Mass. Is it our fault? Yes and no.

The reason why I said yes and no is because of several reasons. It is our responsibility to learn what the Catholic Church teaches. There is so much that I don’t know, and I don’t try to learn. The reason why I said no is because on Sundays we do not hear how to apply the readings to our daily lives. The priests want to keep their homilies peaceful so to keep the people happy. Is it helping us to grow in holiness? Probably not!

I want all of us to think about how we can learn about our faith this month, especially the month of Mary. Mary is our mother, so we need her in our lives like our earthly moms. Jesus gave us His mother when He was on the cross suffering. So, talk to Mary and get to know her. We are not alone down here on earth. We have a community in heaven ready to help us if we only ask them to. The question is why don’t we ask them?