“The one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.”


«Come,» said Christ to his apostles, «and learn from me» – not, to be sure, how to cast out demons with heavenly power, nor how to cleanse lepers, nor how to enlighten the blind, nor how to raise the dead… But you, he says, «Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart» (Mt 11,28-29). For this can be learned and practiced by everyone in general, whereas the works of signs and mighty deeds are neither always necessary and appropriate for everyone, nor are they bestowed on everyone.

Humility, then, is the teacher of all the virtues; it is the most firm foundation of the heavenly edifice; it is the Savior’s own magnificent gift. For a person may perform without danger of pride all the miracles that Christ worked if he strains after the meek Lord not because of his exalted signs but because of his patience and humility. But a person who itches to command unclean spirits, to bestow the gift of health on the sick, or to show some wondrous sign to the people is far from Christ even though he invokes the name of Christ in his displays, because by reason of his proud mind he does not follow the Teacher of humility.

Even when he was returning to his Father he prepared what I might call his testament, and he left this to his disciples: «A new commandment I give you,» he said, «that you love one another; as I have loved you, you must also love one another.» And immediately he added: «By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another» (Jn 13,34-35). He did not say: If you also perform signs and mighty deeds, but: «If you have love for one another.» Certainly no one can observe this but the gentle and the humble.

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