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... and in the New:
And for every subsequent generation ... but ours.
We are, after all, too wise ... too sophisticated. We are not blind beggars and we are not simple fishermen. We are not children.
Indeed. Each of them entered the Kingdom of Heaven.
So tell me ... since you are neither blind, nor simple fishermen, nor children, how do you propose to enter into the Kingdom of God?
They fell to their knees before God, and you ... you will do what? Is your pride so overweening that you will bring your full height to the face of God? Will you stride proudly through the Gates of Heaven?
You are a fool!
The arrogant have ever been an affront to God. Mary herself tells us that, “He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble.” 1
Are you greater than Mary, Mother of God? Greater than Saint Peter?
Will you make yourself to be even greater than Christ Himself Who, “fell upon his face, praying” 2 to His Heavenly Father in the Garden of Gethsemane?
And still, when next you pass Him by — Jesus Christ really and truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar — and every single day thereafter, you will not so much as acknowledge Him with the bend of your knee ... nor His Sacred Name with a nod of your head?
Instead of repenting of this arrogance, and learning from Christ Who tells us that He Himself is humble 3 — you celebrate! ... most often yourselves — proclaiming in song, in smug assurance, that you “are God's people” — “and the light of the world” — even as you fail to recognize Him Who stands before you ... Whom on Good Friday we had crucified with our sins.
Why do you find this so difficult?
bend your knee you must first bend your will!
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Saint Luke, 1.51-52
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