This week's Mass presents examples of humility. It is one of the most misunderstood virtues. It does not involve an attitude of submission or weakness. It is rather an attitude of willingness to accept help. No one is truly self-sufficient. We all lack some skill or ability, perhaps several. Arrogance is the feeling that we are totally in control and need no outside help.
The priests and Pharisees wielded tremendous power in their day. They demonstrated this assumed authority in their dress, mannerisms and demand for attention. Paul shows humility in that he wishes not to burden anyone, but to serve. He willingly accepts help from others, but does not demand it. Do you seek assistance or refuse to ask for it or accept it when offered? The difference shows your humility or pride!