Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/08/20

Impulse: The greatest among you must be your servant.


20th Week of Ordinary Time

Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12

The greatest among you must be your servant. (Verse 11)

Let’s ask ourselves: When did I ever serve?  How did that work out for me?  How did I feel during and after?  It is very likely that some of us can find opportunities to serve every day.  Just think of all the things parents do for their children!  Maybe, to some of us, serving others is difficult.  We see for example that after events at the church, when it is time to clean up.  There are those who are quick to help while others visit the bathroom, make cell phone calls, or stand in small groups in front of the doors and talk, without noticing that others are working and their help is needed.

The greatest among you must be your servant.

Jesus came into this world to serve.  Serving is a very important and beautiful expression of love.  To serve brings much Joy.  It is hard to understand that some fear this so much; why serving has such a bad image in our society.  Satan will definitely not serve. “Non serviam!” – “I will not serve!” (From Jeremiah 2:12).  That is his attitude toward God and mankind. That is why he was he was thrown down to earth (Revelation 12:20).  The other angels, those who stand on the side of God, are called to the service of mankind. “Are they not all ministering spirits sent to serve, for those who are to inherit salvation?”

The greatest among you must be your servant.

To serve is also God’s attitude, and the attitude of Jesus, the attitude of the angels and so it is the attitude of Christians as well.  When we do not want to serve, we know exactly where this mindset comes from – definitely not from God.  When the Holy Spirit is working within us, we are ready to serve.  Surely we will have many opportunities to serve today.  We can combine those opportunities with the motto “For You!”  Everything we do should be done in the service to Him!



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