Our scripture for today almost seems to be lifted from the “Big Book” of Alcoholic Anonymous: “Beloved, clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for: God opposes the proud but bestows favor on the humble. So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world undergo the same sufferings. The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little. To him be dominion forever. Amen.” (First Letter of St. Peter 5:5b-14)
Humility – this essential attitude for the recovering alcoholic – comes from the word “humus”. Ground, earth is the meaning and “grounded” we must be in this virtue if we are to stay sober. We acknowledge who we are before God and man and ask for assistance. Indeed we ask for this assistance on our knees for we know we must kneel before God if we are to stand erect before men and women.
Further, when we stop to think about the trials and minor sufferings we might be going through right now and compare these with what we came through in our drunkenness, there is no comparison. We are moved, I hope, to gratitude!
Prayer: Dear Lord, you are the light of my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the freedom you have given me. May I reflect your light to others this day. Amen.
These thoughts offered by Brother Richard Hittle, S.J., a grateful 1980 graduate of Guest House and an employee since 2004.