Advent Reflection – 13

Blest be the King whose coming is in the name of God!
For him let doors be opened, no hearts against him barred!
Not robed in royal splendour, in power and pomp comes he:
but clad as are the poorest – such his humility.

– Stanza 1 from Blest be the King, by Frederico J. Pagura (b. 1923)

Every aspect of Christ’s life…from the way he entered our world, to the way he lived and traveled, to the way he was condemned to death and died…was poor. Christ entered the world to migrant parents, born in a manger with no pillow for his head, as the hymn goes. He lived his life among fishermen, some of the poorest in society. He traveled on foot, and entered the city of Jerusalem on a donkey. He was arrested and condemned to death, and died alongside criminals outside the city limits, a form of humiliation. And yet we acclaim Christ as our eternal King, who reigns in glory with God. Our King is one of humility. I’m sure we all know Christians who are arrogant in their evangelizing; who are pompous in their knowledge of Scripture; or who are boastful in their salvation or understanding of God. But that is not what Christ calls us to be. Christ calls us to live as compassionate, humble, and meek servants. We worship the one who served others, who washed their feet, who lived their lives in poverty. May that message be in our hearts always, and may we become what Christ calls us to be…servants living our lives in humility and service.

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