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Humility and Greatness

One of the greatest challenges and struggles in life is pride. Many people boast of their achievements, their possessions, and their wealth. They crave for popularity and point attention to themselves. When in conflict, they insist on their correctness and that they’re right, even without hearing the other side. They want praise, honor and fame.

In today’s Gospel (Mk. 1: 1-8), we are told about John the Baptist who appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. People who acknowledged their sins and came to him were baptized in the Jordan River. He was considered by Jesus as “one of the greatest human beings ever to walk the face of the Earth” (see Matthew 11:11). Yet in that greatness we see humility, as in today’s Gospel St. John the Baptist said of Jesus,  “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

This Sunday, our Lord is telling us to examine ourselves especially on how we are to others. By being truly humble, St. John the Baptist showed us the example of what true greatness is. He knew who Jesus was. He acknowledged Christ as the Messiah and pointed his followers’ attention from himself to Jesus. 

Let us reflect on these acts of St. John the Baptist and imitate his humility. Let us acknowledge that if we want to find meaning and purpose in life, there is no other way but through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Use your life to honor and glorify Christ, make Him the center of your life and humble yourself before Him. It is only by embracing humility that one’s true greatness is revealed. 

One of the greatest challenges and struggles in life is pride. Many people boast of their achievements, their possessions, and their wealth. They crave for popularity and point attention to themselves. When in conflict, they insist on their correctness and that they’re right, even without hearing the other side. They want praise, honor and fame.

In today’s Gospel (Mk. 1: 1-8), we are told about John the Baptist who appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. People who acknowledged their sins and came to him were baptized in the Jordan River. He was considered by Jesus as “one of the greatest human beings ever to walk the face of the Earth” (see Matthew 11:11). Yet in that greatness we see humility, as in today’s Gospel St. John the Baptist said of Jesus,  “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

This Sunday, our Lord is telling us to examine ourselves especially on how we are to others. By being truly humble, St. John the Baptist showed us the example of what true greatness is. He knew who Jesus was. He acknowledged Christ as the Messiah and pointed his followers’ attention from himself to Jesus. 

Let us reflect on these acts of St. John the Baptist and imitate his humility. Let us acknowledge that if we want to find meaning and purpose in life, there is no other way but through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Use your life to honor and glorify Christ, make Him the center of your life and humble yourself before Him. It is only by embracing humility that one’s true greatness is revealed. 

Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his pathsAll flesh shall see the salvation of God.” (Lk. 3: 4,6)

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