Being righteous is not being self-righteous
Being right does not mean to exclaim to others that we are right. Since rightness and virtues by themselves are already rewards, we don’t necessarily need others to put us into pedestals when we are doing something right.
Imagine if St. Joseph, feeling that he was right, rashly separated from Mama Mary, without him fully understanding the miracle of the Immaculate Conception. The initial “rightness” could have led to a series of unfortunate events. But since he chose to be prudent and merciful and humble about the way he carried his righteousness, he opened an opportunity for angels and divine revelation to guide his discernment.
Matthew 1:18-23. Joseph the righteous man
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 251: SEPTEMBER 8, 2022]