12 Dec 2019: Humility is the (must) Way

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Readings: Zec 2:14-17, Lk 1:26-38

The Gospel passage presents Jesus speaking of John the Baptist as the greatest on earth. He says, “of the children born of women, a greater than John the Baptist has never been seen.” But, John the Baptist, being aware of his role to be both the path-maker and the pointer of the Messiah, humbles himself to a great extent.  He does not draw people towards himself, rather always directs them to Jesus and rejoices in the sight of Jesus. In this humility John the Baptist becomes a model for us all. The virtue of humility is not something odd, but the fundamental requirement. It is in humility that Jesus has saved us all. He was born a human being taking a humble form of a babe. To quote St. Paul: “(Jesus) though he was in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be seized. Instead, he emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and accepting the state of a man.” Humility involves a choice as we see in Jesus’ life. It does not just consist of accepting the humiliations of life, rather in choosing to be humble. John the Baptist made that choice as did Mary and Jesus in their own way. What about us? Will Jesus find us humble in heart when he comes back?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like unto yours, Amen.

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