TUESDAY II LENT: Encouraged by a desire to serve you
Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Christ.
The greatest among you must be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled;but whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Mt. 23:11-12)
Encouraged however by a desire to serve you, we placed all our trust in the Lord and our hope has not been in vain, as the outcome has been that the holy Word transmitted to you has received an eager welcome…
But called by my vocation to be the servant and priest of the poor to whose service I would like to be able to devote my whole life, I cannot help being touched when I see the eagerness of the poor to hear my voice
Eugene de Mazenod’s sermon to the poor of Aix en Provence, 1813
Lord Jesus, when you walked the earth, Your humility obscured your Kingship. Your meekness confused the arrogant.
Teach me to model after your eminence,
To subject my human nature to humility.
Grant me with a natural inclination
To never view myself greater than anyone.
Banish all lingering sparks of self-importance
That could elevate me greater than you.
Let my heart always imitate your humility.
Adapted from https://www.xavier.edu/jesuitresource/online-resources/prayer-index/humility
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This morning my reflection seems to be focused on true vs false humility.
“Banish all sparks of self-importance that could elevate me greater than you.” There is a great temptation in today’s society to proclaim ourselves as being the best, the smartest, even the holiest and often this is done by lessening others in the eyes of the world. It is done through self-righteous anger and attacking any other who has a different outlook or way of being. This is not trust in God, but rather it is trust only in one’s self.
Am I serving others to raise them up or to make myself look holy?
“Encouraged however by a desire to serve you, we placed all our trust in the Lord.”
Give me the grace to overcome any and all desire to see myself as better than others. Let it be you that they meet and recognize. Allow me to become a channel of your peace… (St. Francis)