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Humility


At the beginning of His Public Life, Jesus allows John the Baptist, His cousin, to baptize Him, although Jesus was never touched by sin.  The Christ showed humility because the need for baptism was to proclaim oneself a sinner.  The Voice from Heaven cries out: “This is My Beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased.”

Jesus, the Suffering Servant, hid His Power, Glory and Majesty under the clothing of His human nature.  Mother Teresa whose Life I have read and admire, showed herself like Christ to be the humble servant of His people.

When she began her second career as a nun at the age of 38 in 1948, she was the only member of her new Religious Order, the Missionaries of Charity with no funds, no place to live.  Alone, she began picking up the abandoned babies left on the streets of Calcutta in India.

She held them close to herself to let them know that they were loved and wanted.  Remarkably, these little ones reached out for her, their instinct to be loved so great.  By tenderly caring for lepers, and other dirty, diseased outcasts left on the streets, Mother Teresa gave them dignity in their dying moments.

Mother Teresa, at the height of her fame, kept saying, “It is Jesus working through me, a simple woman.”  Humility has to be the foundation of our spiritual life, otherwise we are building on sand.  With all our strength, we have to avoid a “better than thou” attitude towards all whom we meet, because we have more money, a better education, a bigger home.

Like Mother Teresa, we can embrace the poor, the down trodden, if not literally, at least in mind, with sympathy and help.  The humble Christ will work wonders in our lives if we look out on life as Mother Teresa did!  RIP!

The Voice will come from heaven as regards us.  “This is my Beloved son/daughter in whom I am well pleased.”

Fr. George Mc Kenna

July 7, 2012 - Posted by | Bulletins

2 Comments »

  1. Hi Fr. George,
    thanks for the posting!! This is something to add to my summer reading list, I want to read more about Mother Teresa. Hope you are well with all of this heat in your area – thinking of you often and praying for your good health. Miss you! Love, Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Westvang | July 8, 2012 | Reply

  2. Grace-filled inspiration for all of us!!! Thank you for your incredible sharing and leading us closer to Him with every word you write! God’s Blessings, Love & Peace, Marianne

    Comment by mc simms | July 8, 2012 | Reply


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