Humility

From an elegant defense of the Annunciation of our Lord by Michael Novak:

Suppose that the Creator of all things wanted to choose one of His insignificant creatures on a small, insignificant planet in one of a myriad of galaxies to invite into His friendship. Suppose He wished to communicate to them to what lengths He would go to dramatize His love for them. He would come to be among humans via a human mother, and thus, as truly a man. God and man at once, in all the contingencies of time and place.

What has touched the minds of billions of Christians (today alone there are two billion plus) down through long centuries of human history is that God, the Almighty, the Creator, Governor of nature and nature’s laws, so humbled Himself as to limit Himself in Jesus Christ within the confines of a human body, human suffering, the whole human condition — and in circumstances of poverty and lowliness.

We are insignificant. Yet God chose our kind to humble himself; to make him one of us, unworthy as we are.

We remain unworthy, but we try. We attempt to imitate God. Perhaps we should start with his humility. And stop with any fantastical notion that we, somehow, are like unto God.

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One comment

  1. I like this post. Humility is a great first step.

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