I wish to remind everyone to be penitent in this lenten period. (that is to remember our sins and earnestly seek and remember the forgiveness we have in Jesus Christ). For while the Jews and the Romans had their parts in the crucifixion of Jesus, it was not them that crucified him (for his death would be necessary even if they did not exist). Rather it was us, it was our sins, it was our rejection of God yesterday, today, and tomorrow that hammered the nails into his hands and killed him in the slowest and most agonizing way possible. It is this fact that should make us humble beyond all that might give us pride.
Remember the Lord’s prayer. It’s an affirmation that we as people are utterly unable. We affirm that only God can hallow (that is make holy) his own name, we affirm that we have no power in creating the kingdom of God, we affirm that have no power to do the will of God, we affirm that we cannot feed ourselves (or are even deserving of the lavish gifts of wealth he has bestowed upon us and our nation), we affirm that only God can forgive sins, we affirm that only God can keep our paths straight. We affirm that ply in him who is sovereign over all can we do all to the glory of his name.
This is a deep and continual reminder to be humbled, for when instructed to take up our cross daily, this is also a call to humility, a call we so often fail. For where Christ was infinitely worthy of all glory and praise and honour, he humbled himself. That is to say that at the last supper he washed feet as a slave (the traditional subject of holy thursday), and on good friday we are reminded that he died the death of a slave, a death bestowed upon only the worst members and criminals of society. And we as mere humans, ever seeking of our own glory and will apart from the grace of God, must always be reminded for the infinite humbling that must have taken place for him who had infinite worth to die the most unworthy death for us who, by willingly rejecting God, have merited death and unworth of the love bestowed upon us. Humility is by far the most important lesson he has reminded me of, in not so subtle ways (quite), this month and I sincerely hope that all that call themselves Christians can be continually humbled by the ultimate act of humility presented in the cross.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for in being poor they can truly see what it means for the kingdom of God to exist.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.