Greatness in smallness

The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul

Tuesday, Advent Week I, Memorial of St. Francis Xavier, 03 December 2019

Isaiah 11:1-10 ><)))*> ><)))*> ><)))*> Luke 10:21-24

What a blessed Tuesday we have today, O Lord, despite the threat of a super typhoon approaching us!

Your words console us, assure us of your protection and grace.

You give us today two beautiful images of greatness in being small which is the true spirit of Christmas, of you our God coming to us a child born in Bethlehem more than 2000 years ago.

First image is the “shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from its roots a bud shall blossom” (Is.11:1).

Every great thing always starts small. Most of all, they always happen where we least expect them like shoots sprouting from the stump of a tree! Help us to keep this in mind especially when we are losing hope.

How sad that in today’s world, people insist that “size always matter” that we always want to be the biggest in everything.

Second image, O Lord, that you have given us today of greatness in smallness is being childlike, your favorite:

Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.

Luke 10:21
Photo by Mr. Jim Marpa, 2018.

Being like a child is the very essence of your life and teachings, O Lord Jesus which we seem to fail to grasp and accept. All our lives we have always insisted on being so wise and learned that have often led us to more problems and disunity among us.

Teach us to be childlike, full of trust and confidence in you and most especially, with that sense of awe.

Like our Saint for today, that great child in faith of St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Francis Xavier who kept that spirit of being childlike in his going to mission as far as China and Japan working tirelessly for the faith.

O blessed St. Francis Xavier, pray for us to remain small and simple before God our Master like you so that his greatness and majesty be seen more in us. Amen.

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