SECOND WEEK OF LENT
Tuesday, March 14
Class of 2017
“The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” -Matthew 23: 11-12
Jesus calls for us to strive for holiness in our daily lives, aiming to become more like Him in all we think, do, and say. In today’s Gospel, He encourages us to grow in the virtue of humility. In Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis described humility as “not thinking less of yourself, but rather thinking of yourself less.” We should strive to grow in real Christ-like humility. This humility requires the self-knowledge to realize that our trust must rest in God instead of ourselves, and to work always to be serving God and others before our own interests. Jesus confirms in the Gospel that when we aim to humble ourselves, we will be exalted. Perhaps this exaltation will not come in our earthly life, but that is fine! We were not made for this life, but for the next. As St. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:1, “we were made for heaven.” Saint Therese of Lisieux is credited with the saying, “The world is thy ship, not thy home.” We are here to live in a way that will take us home, to heaven. Jesus tells us how to do that today: to be like Jesus, a humble servant.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the example of Jesus to model my life after. Help me to take advantage of every opportunity to grow in humble service to You and others, so that Your will for my life may unite with my will. Grant me the grace to live my life in a way that brings me to my eternal home with You. Saint Therese of Lisieux, pray for us. Saint Josemaria Escriva, pray for us. Amen.
Is 1:10, 16-20 Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23 Mt 23:1-12