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<< Wednesday, October 20, 1999 >> St. Paul of the Cross (USA)
 
Romans 6:12-18
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Psalm 124 Luke 12:39-48
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A HUMBLE ENDING

 
"Who in your opinion is that faithful, farsighted steward...?" —Luke 12:42
 

Jesus, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, will return in glory, riding on the clouds, escorted by the angels amid mighty trumpet blasts (see Mt 25:31; 1 Thes 4:16). When He arrives, He will surprisingly "put on an apron," seat His humble disciples "at table, and proceed to wait on them" (Lk 12:37). In contrast, those who in their pride have chosen not to do the Lord's will and not to love their neighbors will be punished forever (see Lk 12:46).

We will be ready for Jesus' final coming, if we have chosen to:

  • put on work-aprons each day to feed and love others (see Lk 12:42),
  • tie towels around our waists to imitate Jesus and wash the feet of other disciples (Jn 13:4ff),
  • take the lowest place (Lk 14:10), as Jesus did at Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Calvary, and
  • empty (Phil 2:7) and humble ourselves (Mt 23:12).

The humble servants of Jesus will not only inherit the earth (Mt 5:5) but also the kingdom of heaven (see Jas 2:5). The Lord has promised: "For then will I remove from your midst the proud braggarts, and you shall no longer exalt yourself on My holy mountain. But I will leave as a remnant in your midst a people humble and lowly" (Zep 3:11-12). Jesus will return in glorious humility to lead the humble to glory. Serve humbly and cry out: "Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!"

 
Prayer: Jesus, "gentle and humble of heart," make my heart like Yours (Mt 11:29).
Promise: "When much has been given a man, much will be required of him. More will be asked of a man to whom more has been entrusted." —Lk 12:48
Praise: St. Paul advised: "Conceal yourselves in Jesus crucified, and hope for nothing except that all men be thoroughly converted to His will."
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, April 10, 1999
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 16, 1999
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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