"Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." John 6:68


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Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Great Lent
Commentary of the day
Saint Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church
Sermons on Saint John's gospel, 14,5 ; CCL 36, 143-144

Humble service

Before the Lord Jesus' coming people drew all their glory from themselves. But he came as man that the glory of man might grow less and the glory of God grow greater. For he came without sin and found us all to be sinners. If he came to loose our sins it is because God is merciful: so let man take note of it. For man's humbleness is his gratitude and God's greatness is his mercy.

If he came to forgive us our sins then let man take thought of his lowliness and God exercise his mercy. “He must grow greater and I must grow less” (Jn 3,30). That is to say, he it is who must give and it is for me to receive. He must have the glory and I must acknowledge it. Man should understand his place: let him acknowledge God and hear what the apostle Paul says to the high-minded and proud man who claims to be exalted: “What do you possess that you have not received? But if you have received it, why are you boasting as though you have not received it?” (1Cor 4,7). So let the man who would call his own what is not his own understand that he has received it and make himself small, for it is good for him that God should be glorified in him. Therefore, let him grow less in himself that in him God may grow greater.

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