Humility: An Expression of Love

And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45)

“Every day there were endless opportunities to assert oneself and one’s opinions at the expense of others, to insist on one’s status, to engage in petty disputes, to hold grudges, to respond to perceived injustices against oneself with righteous indignation. And such responses were often natural and understandable. However, the monks sought to overcome their natural tendency to grasp at their own rights and privileges through the practice of humility. They wanted to place human relationships on a different footing, to undermine the impulses which perpetuated discord and factionalism. In short, they sought to create an atmosphere in which it would be easier to love. Consciously taking the lowest place was a first step in this process. In this sense, humility became an expression of love.”     (Douglas Burton-Christie, The Word in the Desert, pg. 249)


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