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Further observations on Sermon 50
The smallest thing in the world is greater than all our ideas of greatness combined; for to be great is not to be important or to be large, but to have integrity and to be whole. Greatness is not a separation from the world and a standing out from other things, but a oneness with what there is; and that onenness begins and ends in the smallest measure.
Humility is an eternal quality; and God’s Mercy—which as we know is the most powerful and glorious of all God’s qualities—flows first through His humility, which is the principle vehicle through which it penetrates the universe.
If God’s great powers did not flow first and always through His humility, they would lose their power and would no longer be great; which is perhaps the unstated point of Eckhart’s sermon.