From today’s First Reading (Romans 3:21-30)
‘So what becomes of our boasts? There is no room for them. What sort of law excludes them? The sort of law that tells us what to do? On the contrary, it is the law of faith, since, as wee see it, a man is justified by faith and not by doing something the Law tells him to do.’
Do we boast? Is that a trait we find in our own character? St Paul suggests there is no room for boasting and he justifies this, not by the law of the land, but by the law of faith. It is faith that tells us not to boast.
True love, as we know from another scripture passage, ‘is not boastful.’ Rather, we need to be humble. By following the example of our Mother, Mary, we can clothe ourselves in humility and avoid the boasting alluded to in St Paul’s letter. Humility must win over boasting at all times.