Christ: Humble Master of the Humble

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Food for Thought

FirstReading: 1 Cor 2:10b-16
Psalm: Ps 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13ab, 13cd-14
Gospel: Lk 4:31-37

Which kind of master do we want? As paradoxical as it may seem, Jesus has shown us that true authority is inextricably linked to the virtue of humility. He taught us: “Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart”. Humility is the path to holiness. For us, this means submit ting ourselves to God’s will, recognizing our own weakness, and leading through love. True humility is our greatest defense against the devil. We can do nothing for God, and hence nothing of lasting good for others, unless we acquire this virtue with the help of his grace, particularly in the Sacraments. Pride, on the contrary, leads to violence and hate, which makes us like the devil and eventually grants us a share in his fate, namely eternal separation from God. Right now, on which side of the divide do we stand?

Let us make the effort to bring God’s word and strength to others by living in a way consistent with the truths of our faith.