Our God ‘emptied’ himself to become one of us. Each Christmas, we celebrate the ultimate Good News that the Word has become flesh and joined the human race as our brother and Saviour.
And we, his disciples, must also ‘empty’ ourselves in our daily lives. We draw closer to the source of divine love, whenever we give of ourselves for the love of others.
That is why careerism and arrogance can have no part in being an authentic disciple.
Actually, no one can ever really be ‘promoted’ amongst the followers of Jesus of Nazareth…
For only someone who is grounded as a person and pastorally present with people can be trusted with the mission of servant discipleship.
I was reminded of this when someone recently pointed out to me the difference in context between the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
In Matthew, “Jesus ‘came up’ on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him and he…