“For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.”

The gospel (Lk 9:46-50) finds the disciples arguing amongst themselves about who is the greatest.  Jesus, in response, takes a child and tells them that he who receives the child in Jesus’ name receives Him and in turn the Father.  He follows with the line above. John then tells Jesus how he and his comrades tried to stop an exorcist because he was unknown to them.  Jesus tells John to let the man be, because he is for their cause and thus cannot be against it.  Jesus never tires of talking about the importance of humility.  And He demonstrates it in every breath He takes.  God becomes His creature, eventually being tortured and killed by them for them.  The Master became the servant of all.  To this day, Jesus’ humility is on display at every Mass and in every tabernacle in the world.  There are times when we might be tempted to say: “If I had the power, I would do” x, y and z to fix things.  Well, Jesus had the power.  He was even tempted by the devil himself to use it.  Yet, He “Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.  Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:6-8).  We are not equal to God, but we are called to emulate Him.  Jesus is the perfect exemplar.  We are to make His disposition our own.  As creatures we have no reason to exalt ourselves. Yet we find true humility difficult.  Let us pray for the gift of a meek and humble heart, emulating our Lord and Savior (Mt 11:29).

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