14 December, 2017: True Greatness


Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

Reading: Is. 41. 13-20 ; Gospel: Mt. 11. 11-15

In the first reading from the book of prophet Isaiah, we see God addressing Jacob (Israel), his chosen one as worm. He narrates how He will let the nations see His glory by letting the impossible work in and through Israel. Again in the gospel of today, Jesus praises the ‘madman in the desert,’his cousin John the Baptist. “:No one greater than John, yet the least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he.”

This is an invitation to all of us to find  greatness in lowliness. John in all his popularity and greatness deemed himself unworthy to undo the strap of his master. Mary in her Magnificat sings, “God looked at the lowliness of His servant and henceforth all generations would call her blessed.” Jesus being King and Master of the Universe was born in a lowly  and humble stable. When we spend a lot of time and energy in self glorification, today’s readings show us the Christian way of glorification. Are we upto the challenge? Let us pray to the Holy Infant and his blessed Mother to grant us the grace and teach us to be humble and find glory in lowliness.

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