Thought of the day
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B

"If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all"

Remember this saying : “God resists the proud but will always favor the humble” (Jas 4,6). Keep before you the Lord’s words: “Those who humble themselves will be exalted and those who exalt themselves will be humbled” (Mt 23,12)… If it seems to you that you have some good quality, set it to your account but without forgetting your faults; don’t boast about what you have done well today; don’t set aside recent and past evil. If the present gives you reason to glory, remember the past! That is how you will pierce the stupid abcess! And if you see your neighbour sinning, beware that you don’t just consider him in the light of this lapse but think, too, about what he is doing, or has done, that is good. Very often you will discover him to be better than you if you examine your life as a whole and don’t add up the fragmentary bits. For God doesn’t examine us in a fragmentary fashion… Let us often remember all this so as to preserve ourselves from pride, humbling ourselves so as to be raised up.

Let us imitate the Lord, who came down from heaven to the lowest depths… Yet after such a humbling he caused his glory to shine forth, glorifying with himself those who had been despised together with him. These were indeed, in fact, his first blessed disciples who, poor and naked, went out through all the world, without words of wisdom, without sumptuous escort, but alone and in anguish, vagabonds by land and by sea, beaten with rods, stoned, pursued and, in the end, put to death. Such as these are for us the divine teachings of our Father. Let us imitate them that we may also come to eternal glory, Christ’s perfect and authentic gift.

Saint Basil