Where Less is More
Saturday after Epiphany
I will pray a litany of humility with great fervor today before I go to bed.
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Lord, in spite of so many efforts, my self-love and vanity cloud my intentions,
reducing the merit of my labors for you. Therefore I come before you empty-handed. Nevertheless, I'm
confident in your forgiveness, knowing that you are pleased to refresh and renew me as often as I
turn back to you with hope. I love you ardently, good Jesus, and long to love you ever
Lord, help me to practice true humility.
"He Must Increase; I Must Decrease":
This is the petition that must burn in the heart of
every authentic apostle and leader in the faith. Often we seek ourselves in our vocation, in our
apostolate, in our service to the Church. Some offer themselves only when the work to be done brings
them honor or enhances their self-importance. We claim to serve Christ, but if we have our status
compromised by criticism or see someone less capable moved ahead of us in rank, our heart crumbles
in discouragement and our commitment wanes. In moments when humility is asked of us, may we pass the
test that John passes in today's Gospel. Every day we must look into our hearts to see if they are
mirrors reflecting back only self-centered motivations, or if they are windows to the heart of
Christ in the world, centered only on humble service. Mirrors weaken the mission; windows empower
2. "Rejoices Greatly at the Bridegroom's Voice":
Breaking the grip of
self-love is eminently positive work. We can let go of a lesser love only for a greater one.
Everyday John's heart had set its aspiration and love on the Messiah to come. All his ministerial
action and spiritual ideals were centered on Christ. His solitude in the desert permitted this love
to grow without distraction, communicated as it was in prayer and contemplation. As John states, all
he has received he received from heaven from the supernatural life given by contemplation and grace.
Love for Christ was no overnight endeavor, but was the work of years of prayer, self-conquest
and fidelity to the life of conversion he was to preach.
Lord, I hear now what John heard: your beautiful voice
with your beloved, the Church. No
greater honor and love can I have than to ensure this
union happens continuously, perfectly and selflessly.
May I learn to accept
humiliation and forget myself a
thousand times over, so that the needs of your Mystical
Body may be brokered over my humble service and
self-effacing manner. I pray
that my ignoble need to
be praised and appreciated apart from your glory
becomes the reason to find you separated from your spouse.
will pray a litany of humility with great fervor today before I go to bed.
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