Humble sublimity

Daily Reading for October 3

Let all humankind tremble,

let the whole world shake

and the heavens rejoice

when Christ, the Son of the living God,

is on the altar

in the hands of a priest.

O admirable heights and sublime lowliness!

O sublime humility!

O humble sublimity!

That the Lord of the universe,

God and the Son of God,

so humbles himself

that to save us

he conceals himself in a tiny piece of bread!

From the “Letter to the Entire Order” of Francis of Assisi, quoted in God Seekers: Twenty Centuries of Christian Spiritualities by Richard H. Schmidt (Eerdmans, 2008).

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