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Fear of being humiliated is often easy to admit. After all, we all can relate to not wanting to be made the fool. But admitting we desire to be preferred to others is more difficult. The very feeling itself is an admission that we also desire for someone else to be "less preferred" —and that's mean. But here's the thing about being humble. True humility recognizes an equality that exists in humans, and when that equality is recognized, we can, without jealousy or fear actually prefer someone else to be preferred.

Let's pray: From the desire of being preferred to others and the fear of being humiliated, deliver me, Jesus. Amen!

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves." (Mt 11:29)

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