Tuesday, January 19, 2010

His life was one of humility

"'And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was subject to them' [Luke 2:51]. He went down, he humbled himself - his life was one of humility. Being God, you took the appearance of a man; as a man, you made yourself the least of men. Your life was one of lowliness: the place you took was the lowest of all. You went down with them to live their life with them, the life of the poor laborer, living by working. Your life, like theirs, was one of work and poverty. They were obscure, and you lived in the shade of their obscurity....

I must believe no work beneath me, for Jesus was a carpenter for thirty years, and Joseph all his life.... I must welcome with love and readiness any occasion for humility...."

-- Charles de Foucauld edited by Robert Ellsberg

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