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It is the start of my first homily week in quite some time. When the readings get posted tomorrow you will see that the gospel focuses on the apostles and their  argument about which one of them is the greatest.

To start our reflections I thought I would see what my friend Henri Nouwen has to say about the subject of humility. I think the quote is a good guide to the development of this week’s homily.

The Mosaic That Shows Us the Face of God
A mosaic consists of thousands of little stones.  Some are blue, some are green, some are yellow, some are gold.  When we bring our faces close to the mosaic, we can admire the beauty of each stone.  But as we step back from it, we can see that all these little stones reveal to us a beautiful picture, telling a story none of these stones can tell by itself.

That is what our life in community is about.  Each of us is like a little stone, but together we reveal the face of God to the world.  Nobody can say:  “I make God visible.”  But others who see us together can say:  “They make God visible.”   Community is where humility and glory touch.

― Henri J.M. Nouwen

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