“You have but one Father in heaven, and one master, the Christ.”  Our readings this weekend go to the very heart of all the virtues – the virtue of humility.  Our motivation for all that we do and say counts- and our motivation should always be to love and serve God above all else.  When we lose sight of that and our motivation becomes our own glory or anything less than the love of God, then we feed our pride and allow that deadliest of sin into our lives.  We are not called simply to act holy, but to be holy.

As Vincentians, humility is our greatest virtue.  Vincent calls us to seek growth in holiness through service to the poor.  The motivation for that service to the poor needs to always be born out of our love for God and desire to serve him.  We must continually remind ourselves that everything we do is a grace from God and is for His glory.  What is the motivation that we bring to our service?  Love of God or our own good feelings?  Do we forget sometimes that it is only through God’s grace that we are able to do anything?

Father, bathe me in humility that I may never lose sight of your love for me and my love for you.  Help me always to focus only on serving and loving you.  Each day Father, a little more of you and a little less of me.  Let my pride diminish and your presence increase.   I pray all of this in your Son’s name.  Amen

Deacon Mike