Sermon Illustrations: Humility [See Pride Too]
On one occasion Brother Masseo, looking earnestly at St. Francis of Assisi, began to say: "Why you? Why you?" "What are you saying?" cried Francis at last. "I am saying that everybody follows you, everyone desires to see you, hear you, obey you, and yet for all that, you are neither beautiful, nor learned, nor of noble family. Whence comes it that it should be you whom the world desires to follow?" When Francis heard these words, he was filled with joy, raised his eyes to heaven and, after remaining a long time absorbed in contemplation, knelt praising and blessing God with extraordinary fervour. Then he turned to Brother Masseo. "You wish to know? It is because the eyes of the Most High have willed it so, He continually watches the good and the wicked, and as His most holy eyes have not found among sinners any smaller man, nor any more insufficient and sinful, therefore He has chosen me to accomplish the marvellous work which God has undertaken; He chose me because He could find none more worthless, and He wished to confound the nobility and grandeur, the strength, the beauty and the learning of this world."
Mat 21:5 Tell the daughter of Zion, "Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey." The donkey is a stubborn animal. Only when the King is in control of the donkey will it be controllable.
While men searched for a throne to build their kingdoms, Jesus reached for a towel to wash His disciples' feet.
In Room 41 in London's National Portrait Gallery women flock to see a 1-metre-wide plasma screen showing a 67-minute video of David Beckham - asleep! Entitled David, Sam Taylor's video was commissioned by the gallery. All that can be seen is Beckham's shirtless torso.
Many of us have heard of Muhammad Ali's boast that in the boxing ring he could "float like a butterfly, and sting like a bee". He knew how to brag in an attempt to psyche out his opponents. But on one particular flight, he says in his book, The Soul of a Butterfly, that the flight attendant asked him to put his seat belt on. He said to her, "Superman don't need no seat belt". She smiled at him and said, "Superman don't need no plane, either."
Waking from his sleep, the donkey still savoured the afterglow of the best day of his life. He had never felt so happy and proud. Wandering into the village, he found some people buying a cart. "I'll reveal myself to them," he thought. "They'll be so surprised." But they continued haggling and paid no attention. "Throw your garments down," he said angrily. "Don't you know who I am?" But the people barely registered that he was there, and someone slapped him on the backside, ordering him to move. "Miserable pagans!" muttered the donkey to himself. "The people at the markets will remember me." But when he got there the same thing happened. He strutted down the street, but no one paid any attention. "Where are the palm branches? Yesterday you threw palm branches in front of me!" Upset and angry, the little donkey galloped home to his mother. "You foolish child," she chided gently, "Don't you understand that without Him, you are just an ordinary donkey?"