Certainly, the Christian is great! He is the friend, the heir of Jesus Christ. He participates in His divine nature. His grace makes of him the temple and the instrument of the Holy Spirit.
And the priest, the minister of the most sublime mysteries, who commands even God Himself, who sanctifies and saves souls, who directs them to God, how great he is! Both Christian and priest, in considering their sublime dignity, might have good reason to exalt themselves as did the angels in heaven, as did Lucifer in glory! If Our Lord were satisfied with magnifying us as He has done, we might run a great risk of being lost through pride. But Jesus Christ annihilates His own glory. His own greatness, and cries to us, "Behold how I humble Myself! Truly, I am greater than thou, yet see what account I make of My greatness, and what I have become!" If Our Lord were not there abasing His glory, we could not say to you: Be humble! for you could respond: "We are princes of grace!" That is true, but look at your King! It is this thought that brings to their knees before Our Lord the Bishops and the Pope himself! On seeing them annihilated in His Presence, we confess that God alone is truly great. But what would happen if there were no Eucharist? Behold it in other religions. In them what has become of humility? The Eucharist is not in their lives, consequently, humility, also, is absent. And Catholics who live not of the Eucharist — do we not see them crowning themselves with their good works? Nothing is so excellent as Christian eulogiums well merited, but one may easily pass for a saint by multiplying good works. Whence comes our pride, that spiritual pride, which rests on graces and gifts received from God, on a circle of holy and virtuous friends, on the influence one may have over souls, excepting from forgetfulness of the Eucharist? Does this pride attack you when you communicate? Listen to Jesus present in you and saying: "What! you exalt yourself on account of the dignities and graces that I have bestowed on you, the love of preference that I have borne you! But I, I annihilate Myself! Do, then, at least as I do!" To meditate on Our Lord annihilated in the Sacrament, is the true road to humility. We understand that His annihilation is the greatest proof of His love, and that it ought to show forth ours, also. We then see that we ought to descend to Our Lord, who has taken rank among the lowest created beings. Behold true humility, which renounces everything belonging to it, which refers to God all the honor and dignity that it receives! Many are of the opinion that they can humble themselves only for their sins and miseries, and not for the good, the supernatural greatness that may be theirs. Certainly, to refer to God all good is the humility of homage, the most perfect humility. Our Lord teaches us this, and the nearer we approach Him, the more we humble ourselves as He does. Look at the Blessed Virgin, stainless, without defect or imperfection, but all beautiful, all perfect, all brilliant by her immaculate grace and constant co-operation. She humbles herself more than any other creature. Humility consists in recognizing that we are nothing without God, and in referring to Him all that we are. The more perfect the soul, the greater the humility, because it has more to give to God. In the same proportion that graces elevate, we should descend. Our graces are the degrees of our humility. The Eucharist teaches us to refer to God all glory and greatness, and not merely to humble ourselves in view of our miseries. And what a lasting lesson! Every Eucharistic soul ought to become humble. The vicinity, the associating with Jesus ought to render us such that we would think and act only under the impulse of His annihilated Divinity. He who would wish to feed his pride in the presence of the Eucharist would be a demon! It is sufficient to look upon the Blessed Sacrament to feel the need of annihilating self. The Church places us on our knees in the posture of humility and annihilation before the Most Blessed Sacrament. Such is the humility of Jesus’ state. Let us now look at the humility of His action.