I have heard a story that demonstrates humility in a way I would like to share with you. A Rabbi was walking along one evening, and came upon a watchman. He asks the watchman who he works for and the watchman replies that he works for the wealthy family in the estate. It is his job to guard their property at night. The watchman asks the rabbi “For whom do you work?” and the rabbi stops. He replies he ought to hire this watchman to ask him that every day.
Another humble man, the centurion from today’s gospel, understood this. Where he would usually wait at the gates for emperors or generals, the centurion awaits Jesus and remains humble before him by saying “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof.” When we proclaim this at mass, we open our home to the Lord and all His good works.
Who does your household serve? Let us keep asking this question during Advent.
Brothers and sisters, our homes and hearts are open so that the Lord may enter this Advent season.
About Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C.
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.