“His state was divine, yet he did not cling to his equality with God, but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave.”
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
In this Gospel reading from Mark, Jesus says to his disciples that if anyone wants to be first, they must make themselves last of all and servants of all. As can be seen from the quotation from Philippians for today, this is exactly what Jesus has done in his own life. Through Jesus, God has emptied himself and assumed the condition of a servant to humanity.
This must be one of the most confusing paradoxes of the Christian faith. How can someone, who desires greatness, achieve this by humbling themselves and becoming a servant? Because this paradox can be so confusing, the cross, a symbol of the Christian faith, can be a stumbling block. How can one worship a God who appears so weak on the cross – so helpless?
Yet this is the genius of God. By really following his example and humbling ourselves, we would transform our lives and our communities. How can warfare survive if all parties are serving one another? How many unnecessary fights could be avoided between friends or family members if all involved embraced humility?
The power of the cross lies in its ability to transform minds, hearts and societies.
Perhaps we can take some time out today to reflect on the power of humility to transform. Are there any relationships in our lives that can be strengthened through the power of humility?