Homily of the Day

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

In the book of Isaiah, the Lord clearly tells us to do good and to turn away from our evil ways. There is always something to reform in ourselves. So we must exert all our efforts to ridding ourselves of the sin that easily clings to us.

The Gospel sends an even stronger message — let us not be Christians for show. Let us not look for honors or special treatment. Instead, let us seek the last place, to be the servant of all like Jesus Christ. To achieve this, we need a lot of humility. Humility comes from the Holy Spirit. This is the message of today’s Gospel.

Jesus wants us to be different from the world. To be a new creation. And what is this new creation? The Servant of Yahweh. The Son of God who went to the cross to be crucified for our sins. This is true humility. The cross is a stumbling block for the Jews and madness for the Gentiles. But for a Christian, it is the power and wisdom of God (cf. 1 Cor 1: 23- 24). With Christ as our leader and example, we can now enter into humility and accept humiliations because he has forged a path for us — from the cross to resurrection.