“For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Luke 18 9-14
From this quotation of Jesus we can be assured that he is not a modern day politician. Today self-exaltation seems to be in every leader’s playbook. To my astonishment this self exaltation seems to work with a large segment of the population. Their self-exaltation is held up as a badge of accomplishment.
How different are the Kingdom values – ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land’ (3rd beatitude). In Phillippians 2: 8 we read (Jesus) ‘He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death—even the death of the cross’. Jesus chose to be born in a stable, chose a career working with his hands, selected fishermen as his apostles and told his disciples not to tell anyone of his status as the long awaited Messiah.
As we reflect on this Gospel passage let us pray for all those humble workers who have done yeoman service in the midst of the pandemic – nurses, garbage collectors, teachers, police officers, clergy and working parents.