The human heart is haughty until destruction comes, humility goes before honour (Pr 18:12)
Anyone who humbles himself will be exalted (Mt 23:12)
In the mystery of the Incarnation and still more of the cross, Jesus Christ reveals the true power of self-abasement.
Let us pray:
R. Make us wise, O Lord.
You did not think equality with God something to be clung to:
– release us from the desire for power and prestige, we pray. (R.)
You emptied yourself, taking on the nature of a slave:
– free us from all disdain for works of service, we pray. (R.)
You became obedient, even unto death, death on the cross:
– deliver us from the lure of self-sufficiency, we pray. (R.)
O Christ, you washed the feet of your disciples, you who are both Lord and Master. Strip us of the garments of pride and free us to do for one another the tasks of love as you have done them for us. In your name we pray, Lord Jesus Christ, who live and reign, one God with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.