Imitate the Humility and Obedience of Christ

THURSDAY: Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Acts 11:13-25/Ps.88:2-3,21-22,25,27/Jn.13:16-20

Imitate the Humility and Obedience of Christ

The suffering servant of Isaiah could have rejected God's vision and mission for him in the world, but instead, he opted to be a humble and obedient servant. John the Baptist had the option to overshadow Christ; his humility and obedience to God did not let him. Instead, he proclaimed the greatness of the saviour and remained faithful to his mission. Christ Jesus, despite being one with the Father adopted and lived according to the prescriptions of the suffering servant of God and saviour.

The merits of humility and obedience by far surpasses the demerits of arrogance and defiance in the service of God. Self-importance and self-righteousness are inherent human defects. Christians, especially Christian leaders, must fix their eyes on the suffering servant of Isaiah, John the Baptist and Christ Jesus and imitate them if they so desire to share in the happiness and exaltation of Christ.

Christ Jesus is forceful in his plea that his apostles and disciples cultivate the virtues of humility and obedience. The quotation, "I tell you most solemnly, no servant is greater than his master, no messenger is greater than the one who sent him (Jn.13:16)," is a strong appeal to the apostles and disciples to be humble and obedient at all times. Ostentatiousness is unbecoming of Christian leadership. We can all avoid this avoidable narcissistic wound. The old Adam in us is alive and active. The serpent keeps using it to his advantage and our detriment all the time. The devil tempted Adam and ruined his eternal happiness in Paradise. He did the same with Judas. Will we allow the devil to steal the virtues of humility and obedience from us?

My Lord and my God. I trust in you. Keep me humble and obedient to your divine will, always.

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