‘Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.’ Paul gives us a difficult lesson today. It relates back to the Gospel of Matthew when He said the first shall be last and the last shall be first.
For the Christian, this attitude toward others is paramount in establishing the humble spirit necessary to have a relationship with God.
Small practices of humble servitude are important in conforming ourselves to the servant ideal that Jesus demonstrated at the Last Supper.
I must become less that others can become more does not seem like something attractive in today’s society, especially in the Holy Sacrament of Marriage which is a call to become mutually self-giving without counting the cost.
A truly meek person is not one who allows himself to be humiliated however. They do not allow others or even themselves to be treated with disrespect. Every human person has a dignity directly bonded to the Body of Christ.
To become last is a way to be sensitive to the needs and the accomplishment; the dignity of others so we can learn more deeply the love God dispenses to all his children.
May our hearts always be fixed here, where true gladness is found.