Dearly Beloved disciples of Jesus Christ,
In today’s scriptures, we hear about humility. “My child, conduct your affairs with humility.” (Sirach 3:17) and “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11). Who is the most perfect example of humility? Jesus. He humbled Himself to the point of death on the cross. He repeatedly humbled Himself while in ministry as well. He always met each individual person at his or her level. He then accompanied them to a place of openness to repentance and conversion.
We are called to imitate Jesus. It begins by humbling ourselves and admitting that we are powerless. I cannot lead someone to a place of repentance and conversion. The only thing I can do is lead others to Jesus and allow Him to transform hearts and minds.
This Friday, we all will have an opportunity to participate in leading people into a life-changing encounter with God at the Big Tent Revival. This encounter with God begins with us praying in advance for those who will be coming for the first time. It also begins with us praying for a humble disposition. If we approach our guests with humility in imitation of Jesus, they will be more open to an encounter with God.
Friends, let’s take some time each day this week to prepare ourselves for Friday night by praying for ourselves and for those who will be coming for the first time. Come Holy Spirit.
Your brother in Christ,
Fr. Jim Lowe