Sunday, February 26, 2012

Simple over the Proud

Since time immemorial the Lord has shown His selection of the simple and humble folk over the proud ones. Consider for example the three children (Sts. Francisco & Jacinta, and Lucia) receiving the messages of the Virgin of Fatima or that farmer St. Juan Diego of Guadalupe in Mexico City who became the Virgin Mother’s instrument for the evangelization of the Americas and the conversion to Christianity of millions of indigenous peoples..

Isn’t that clear confirmation of how truly God’s words speak: “I tell you solemnly, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Mk. 10:15; see also similar comments in Mt. 18:3, Lk. 18:17). The same is true in the life of the many saints. Only that basically they lived a hidden life and relationship with God. As St. Paul describes it in the letter to the Colossians 3:3: “…you died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God.”

Yes, it’s the simple and humble life that lives for love and service of God and humanity, not for outward show. They lived in the fear of the Lord who knows the inner secrets of every heart: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Ps. 111[110]:10).

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