January 13, 2016
Prayer by Mr. David Donahue, Theology Department
The Marist Way theme for this year is humility. Most people would define humility as something passive: being unassuming or unpretentious. And they may be right for the origin of the word humility comes from the Latin noun for dirt, huemas and there is probably nothing more lowly or passive as plain as old dirt. But for the Christian, humility has an active quality: from the dirt comes life. In this way of understanding humility as life-giving, the Christian person must become, as scripture teaches, a seed of the mustard plant or a grain of wheat and must be prepared to sink into the dirt, seemingly to disintegrate; but in so doing, allowing God to use the “seed of self” to bring life to others. For the purposeful Christian this happens so unnoticed that afterwards people are amazed when the “harvest comes in”. People are amazed because they cannot understand how this harvest happens; not understanding that something authentically Christian fell into the “dirt” and gave of the essence of itself so that others would benefit.
So if we act with this understanding of humility, being a grain of wheat that really and truly falls into the darkness of our environs where our proud selves are disintegrated and entirely mixed with the surroundings and people of our daily existence, what wonders can be accomplished by our Christian humility!
Let us pray:
Lord, help us to understand that when we become the “seeds” of humility and forget what the world prizes as being successful, we are helping you usher in the “Kingdom of God”. In Mary you have given us the greatest example of what humility is, does and accomplishes. It was in humility that Mary brought forth our Savior and it was in her humility she helped bring forth Christ’s Church. Let us always prize and imitate the humility of Mary and in so doing, we do our part in bringing into reality the Kingdom of God. Amen
Mary, seat of wisdom, pray for us.