By Tom Quiner
In this Christmas season, I’m really struck by something.
It begins in this extraordinary passage in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:46-55):
46 And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
What character quality is Mary modeling? Humility. She acknowledges her lowliness in comparison to the power and beauty of God. She sees herself as a humble servant of her Creator.
God becomes Man, and Mary shall become the Blessed Mother of the Son of God.
In this Christmas season, I am struck even more by the humble birth of our Lord.
Born in a manger, not a palace.
Born to parents without social standing or material wealth.
Born as a man with a body that bleeds and can break.
God didn’t need to this if we didn’t matter to Him. But we obviously we do. Mankind is capable of terrible evil. Our sinful nature separates us from God. And yet God came to us to save us.
God sent man that little Baby 2000 years ago as an act of love. In His brief 33 years on this planet, Jesus reinforced the virtue of humility taught to Him by his Mother.
He was far more concerned with the lowly than the wealthy. He revered the humble at the same time that he challenged the prideful.
Of the seven deadly sins, pride is the worst.
As I survey the political landscape this Christmas season, Donald Trump stands out.
He is defined by his pride.
He is defined by his fixation on wealth.
He loathes anyone who doesn’t revere him, and metes out the most insufferable invective towards those who challenge him.
In other words, he embraces everything Jesus told us to avoid.
Who would Jesus not vote for?