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March 02, 2021

Mt 23: 1-12

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. 

They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. 

The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Called to humility

Christ continually calls us to humility, as in the great line from today’s Gospel reading: “All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

This is a tough saying, but we all have humble people in our lives who are beautiful witnesses to Christ’s own sacrificial love. St. Nicholas Owen, SJ, for instance, was a Jesuit brother who specialized in obscurity: he was an anonymous carpenter who built priest holes to hide priests who were being persecuted by the British monarchy. Tortured beyond recovery, he died on  March 2, 1606, having never revealed the hiding places he built for priests.

Few of us will be called to such a test of faith. But we can all imitate the humility of St. Nicholas Owen who, like St. Joseph, put his great gifts to the service of God. 

Bill McCormick, SJ, is a scholastic of the USA Central and Southern Province in theology studies at Regis College in Toronto, Canada.

 

Prayer

Almighty God, you chose St. Nicholas Owen to be made like Christ, who died to save us. Through his intercession, strengthen us by the same faith and love that strengthened them, and bless it always with your gift of humility. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, whom we seek always to better know, love and serve in all humility. Adapted from Joseph Tylenda, SJ
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March 02, 2021

Mt 23: 1-12

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. 

They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. 

The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Called to humility

Christ continually calls us to humility, as in the great line from today’s Gospel reading: “All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

This is a tough saying, but we all have humble people in our lives who are beautiful witnesses to Christ’s own sacrificial love. St. Nicholas Owen, SJ, for instance, was a Jesuit brother who specialized in obscurity: he was an anonymous carpenter who built priest holes to hide priests who were being persecuted by the British monarchy. Tortured beyond recovery, he died on  March 2, 1606, having never revealed the hiding places he built for priests.

Few of us will be called to such a test of faith. But we can all imitate the humility of St. Nicholas Owen who, like St. Joseph, put his great gifts to the service of God. 

Bill McCormick, SJ, is a scholastic of the USA Central and Southern Province in theology studies at Regis College in Toronto, Canada.

 

Prayer

Almighty God, you chose St. Nicholas Owen to be made like Christ, who died to save us. Through his intercession, strengthen us by the same faith and love that strengthened them, and bless it always with your gift of humility. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, whom we seek always to better know, love and serve in all humility. Adapted from Joseph Tylenda, SJ
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