From the Word of the Day
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all. (Mark 9: 35)
The disciples had discussed among themselves who was the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. With much goodness and mildness, Jesus invites them to be humble, even though they are rendering a service that is considered elevated. If Christians really want to be such, they must put themselves at the service of everyone in truth and in charity. Only in this way can they show who is a perfect disciple of Christ, even though they are invested with authority.
Jesus Himself gave us the example. Although He was God’s Son, He took the last place, accepting even the cross and death. He teaches us this sublime truth with images, parables, and with examples drawn from everyday life.
In God’s eyes, it is not the power and greatness of the world that are important, but charity and service toward our neighbor, trust in God. Just like a baby is simple and entrusts itself tranquilly to its parents’ arms, thus Christians must become little so as to entrust themselves completely into God’s hands.
Those who become humble receive God’s grace and can do admirable things. The saints are the living witness of this reality.
My Lord and my God, my soul rests in seeing you clothed in the form and nature of a slave, lowering yourself to wash the feet of Your apostles. I remember Your words: “I have given you the example so that you may do as I have done. The disciple is not greater than the Master…if you understand this, you will be blessed if you put it into practice.”
The Voice of Emanuela Breda, Contemporary Author
Humility is a virtue that allows us to recognize our limitations beyond our merits and the merits of others beyond their limitations.