There are two main points that I would like to highlight in today’s Gospel:
1. Humility is necessary for salvation – St. Paul tells us that Christ “humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name…” So, of course, our main reason to be humble is we are always called to imitate Christ. His humility was so astounding that it is difficult to fathom. He was not merely a king who dressed in rags to become like his people. He was not merely a boss who decided to mingle with his employees. As impressive as both of those gestures may be, what Christ did is so much more awesome: He, the Creator of all things, eternal, immortal, infinite, unchangeable – He became not only part of His creation, but also a man in a humble state. What possible excuse could any of us ever have for being arrogant or prideful about our state? The virtue of humility is real self-knowledge: it is the recognition that we depend on God for our existence, for our blessings, for every moment of our life. This realization will allow us to depend on God, rather than ourselves.
2. A Christian in word alone is no Christian – We can say nice Christian things all we want; We can post Bible verses on our social media; We can have a bumper sticker that says “Jesus Rules” but at the end of the day, none of these things will get us into heaven. The parable that our Lord relates shows that the son who says “Yes, I will serve!” gets no points for simply saying he will do it. Nor shall we, no matter how enthusiastic we are in speaking about our Faith. Unless we actually allow our Faith to become the heart of everything we think and do, we are simply putting on a show. May God help all of us to be authentic disciples, even when no one is looking!