Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent Year A; 15th March 2017.
But Jesus called them to Him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and a great men exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you; but whatever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave; even as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus Christ today once again tells His disciples about His suffering and death and then His glory after (Matthew 20:17-19). But some of his disciples were not concerned with that. All they wanted to know was what the glory could hold for them, and for a moment became ignorant of the suffering they must first undergo as well (Matthew 20:20-23). We at times can display attitudes similar to the sons of Zebedee; wanting to be at the top of every of our peers- be an ‘Alpha’ above all -and lobby for position, power and titles. But Christ immediately points us to what is more important: drinking His chalice; His cup of suffering which is being shared for us and all.
There is no crown without the cross. The journey to the way up is down – humility. Christ invites us to service in all aspects of our life; in our families, in communities and in our spirituality. The reason why the world is the way it is because we who are called to lead, climb up to those positions and choose to be served inside of serving. We are made to know that ‘the greatness of a person is the measure of service to others and not in the positions or awards given.’
Our Lord is an example of humility and service, for “the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:28)” If He who is the King of all the kings which the world has ever had can bend down to serve the creatures he created willingly and with humility, who are we not to serve our brethren in the little positions we may find ourselves in?
May our Heavenly Father give us the grace to take up whatever mantle of leadership and responsiblity, be it big or small with humility and serve like Christ did so that at the end, glory and honour which the world cannot give will be ours.