Envy is one of the plagues that destroys community. It comes from people’s ignorance of, or lack of belief in, their own gifts. If we were confident in our own gift we would not envy that of others.
Jean Vanier, Community and Growth, p.51
God is a God-With-Us
Again and again you see how Jesus opts for what is small, hidden, and poor, and accordingly declines to wield influence. His many miracles always serve to express his profound compassion with suffering humanity; never are they attempts to call attention to himself. As a rule, he even forbids those he has cured to talk to others about it. And as Jesus’ life continues to unfold, he becomes increasingly aware that he has been called to fulfill his vocation in suffering and death. In all of this, it becomes plain to us that God has willed to show his love for the world by descending more and more deeply into human frailty.
by Henri J.M. Nouwen