The first reading and the Gospel this week, in my humble opinion, focus on the virtue of humility. Sirach recommends the following: "My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God" (Sir 3:17-18). Then our Lord provides this maxim: "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted" (Lk 14:7-14).
Humility is, among other things, an awareness that your abilities come from God. We give him the glory and praise for our talents, not ourselves. Whether you have a beautiful voice, the ability to dunk a basketball, or a brain wired for math, God has blessed you. A humble person, aware of these God-given abilities, points the attention not to himself, but to the Lord.