Humble before Christ’s Feet
Oh boundless fire of love! You have given us your flesh as food and your blood as drink! You are the Lamb roasted in the fire of blazing charity!…I see no other way we can have virtue except by keeping this Lamb before our mind’s eye, for in him we find true deep humility, great meekness, and patience. And although he is God’s Son, he neither comes nor lives as a king, because he is not proud or self-centered. He comes, in fact, as a lowly servant. He is not self-seeking but concerned only about giving honor and glory to the Father, and restoring to us the life we had lost through sin. And he does this for love alone, to fulfill the Father’s will for us. For God had created us in his image and likeness simply that we might experience and enjoy him in everlasting life. But because we had rebelled against God, the road to life was so broken up that God’s purpose in creating us was not being realized—I mean our possession of everlasting life, the only end we were created for.
Moved, then, by the same boundless charity with which he had created, God gave us the Word, his only-begotten Son, in order to realize his will for us. So God’s Son was concerned not for himself, but only for fulfilling this gracious purpose. He was made mediator between God and humankind, and he turned the great war into a great peace. With his humility he conquered the world’s pride. This is why he said, “Rejoice, for I have overcome the world.” What he meant is our pride. For none of us is so puffed up, so proud, so impatient that we would not become humble and meek on seeing and contemplating such great profound love as to see God stoop down to our humanity.