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Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Humility of God

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love (1 John 4:8).

They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” (Mark 9: 33-35).

I imagined myself on a hillside looking up to the heavens past parting sunlit clouds and talking with God. I told God I had a few questions and he agreed to answer them.

First I ask, “God are you more powerful than me?” He answered, “Don't be silly. Of course I am more powerful than you or any mortal for I am omnipotent.”

Then I ask, “God are you wiser than me?” He answered, “Don't be silly. Of course I'm wiser than you or any mortal for I am omniscient.”

Next I ask, “God are you in more places than me?” He answered, “You are so silly. Of course I'm in more places than you or any mortal for I am omnipresent.

Finally, I asked, “God are you better than me?” Dark clouds rolled in overhead and there were deafening claps of thunder. Greatly exercised God answered; “Do you not know that God is love and love always esteems others more highly than self? Have you not read that I sent Jesus to earth as a suffering servant? There he opposed self-righteousness wherever he found it, and was crucified because others thought they were better than my only son. How long will humanity not see that humility is the keystone of all virtue and self-righteousness is the source of all sin? How long will my children preoccupy themselves with who among them is greater? The drive for status and the illusion of superiority all come from the devil and are replete with cruelty and hatred. After a long moment the dark clouds dissipated and God looked down at me and gently asked; “Do you have other questions?” I answered, “No God I don't. I am now content to live with the knowledge already given to all and made plain in the Scriptures.

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