Jesus himself was the most humble of servants: He taught us humility. This King of Kings could have had His disciples do the lowly work of serving the poor and tending to the needy, and yet it was He who healed the lepers and comforted the widows. Have we dedicated our lives as humble servants to care for the least of our brothers? Have we learned humility?
Jesus walked among us to show us how much we are loved by our Creator: He taught us about infinite love. We are supposed to love God above all else, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Have we grasped this way of living and loving, not only with our family and friends, but also with our enemies? Have we learned to love as He does?
Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice on that wooden cross for the redemption of all of humanity: He taught us forgiveness. He wanted us to know that there is no dark past, no sin too great, that would not be forgiven by His merciful Father. Have we absorbed this most important lesson? Have we extended forgiveness to those who have wronged us? Have we been able to shake off the chains that have held us captive to our own sins? Have we learned forgiveness?
By our nature, human and not divine, we will most assuredly struggle to live like this. And yet as disciples of Jesus, our guide and teacher, we must keep trying. Day by day we must remember the lessons. On bended, humble knees we honor God by serving each other. With loving hearts, free from bias and bitterness, we attempt to love like He does. And with tender mercy, we forgive each other and ourselves, and we are redeemed.
We walk this earthly land for just a short while, and as students and followers of Christ, we must learn to walk as closely as we can the path that has been set forth for us. The road will not always be easy; it was not meant to be. But this is the surest way back to our loving and eternal Father.