Yesterday after admiring the beauties of Our Lady as we celebrated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. We recalled her great humility during her life when she spoke the words; “Behold, the handmaid of the Lord let it be done to me!”
It is only fitting that the church inspired by God to place before us on the day after this great solemnity another example of humility one of the most humble if not the humblest of the saints for us to imitate, St. Juan Diego. What purity and innocence is reflected in this most pure and simple man so beloved God and by our Lady.
Today’s society is so filled with the “I” word. Men are filled with themselves and say in contrast to the humility of Our Lady and the saints: “Behold, see what I can do,” or, Behold, look everyone what I have accomplished. Men want to shine in their own false illusions of what is great! A far cry from the humility of Our Lady and St Juan Diego.
We celebrate his feast today because God choose this saint for our times to become a model us modern men. The saints teach us where true greatness can be found in lving service of God and the recognition of our nothingness without Him. We must turn to the saints for lessons to imitate in order to practice and to live a life of humility.
Childlike humility is a condition given by Our Lord for entrance into the kingdom. “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. The Servant of God Fr. John Anthony Hardon,S.J. often remarked in his talks that; “Only the very humble and very chaste can enter the kingdom of Heaven no one else, no one else no one else!”
St. Juan Diego You who once told our Lady: “ I am a nobody, I am a small rope, a tiny ladder, the tail end, a leaf ”
Pray for us Juan Diego that we may obtain true humility of heart for only the very humble and very chaste will be small enough to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Read more: St Juan Diego Model of Humility