Our parish’s deacon preached this weekend. He pointed out the three instances of unworthiness as expressed in the readings, but he didn’t make it the centerpiece of his homily. Did you catch them in your celebration of the Word?
For I am a man of unclean lips,
living among a people of unclean lips …
For I am the least of the apostles,
not fit to be called an apostle …
Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.
But I wonder: does a sense of unworthiness help shackle Christians to a limp and ineffective ministry? In light of a bleak near-future in Chicago lamented on this thread at PrayTell, do you think our struggle with worthiness hampers a greater effectiveness? This, especially when the situation of the modern world clearly points to solutions outside the box, if not beyond continuity with the past.
Sometimes, Christians wear their humility as a badge of pride. It can also be a ready weapon, to be wielded when someone else is in disagreement. (Who thinks you’re worthy to preach to me/them/priests/Pope Francis?)