Wednesday, January 2, 2019

"Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right."

“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on thing and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.” ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Gospel Text: (JN 1:19-28)
This is the testimony of John.
When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him
to ask him, "Who are you?"
He admitted and did not deny it, but admitted,
"I am not the Christ."
So they asked him,
"What are you then? Are you Elijah?"
And he said, "I am not."
"Are you the Prophet?"
He answered, "No."
So they said to him,
"Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us?
What do you have to say for yourself?"
He said:
"I am the voice of one crying out in the desert,
'Make straight the way of the Lord,'
as Isaiah the prophet said."
Some Pharisees were also sent.
They asked him,
"Why then do you baptize
if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?"
John answered them,
"I baptize with water;
but there is one among you whom you do not recognize,
the one who is coming after me,
whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie."
This happened in Bethany across the Jordan,
where John was baptizing.

Though the eyes of the world, the humble cannot be bold, because the world mistakes humility for being too timid or even self-loathing. True humility, however, recognizes the truth that the Baptist proclaimed: “No one can receive anything except what has been given him from heaven” (Jn 3:27). May we imitate the boldness of John the Baptist through our proclamation of the joyful and urgent message of salvation, and imitate his humility by recognizing that the gifts and graces we receive are meant to serve and glorify Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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