Monday ~ First Week of Lent

Then an argument broke out among the apostles about which of them should be regarded as the greatest. jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them and those in authority over them are addressed as ‘Benefactors;’ but among you it shall not be so. Rather, let the greatest among you be as the youngest, and the leader as the servant. For who is greater: the one seated at table or the one who serves? Is it not the one seated at table? I am among you as the one who serves.” (LK 22:24-27)

Sometimes the disciples act like little kids. They hear that one of their number will betray Jesus. That’s as low as a person can get. So now, who’s at the top?
Worst of all, they talking terms of who will be “regarded as the greatest,” i.e. in the eyes of others.
Jesus cuts n and reminds them that greatness in the eyes of others isn’t the main goal in life. He himself is among them as a waiter — “one who serves.”
No matter who I am in human estimation, I am meant to serve others in a humble way. No way aroun it. That’s what Jesus said, and that’s what Jesus did.
How do I translate that into my life today? It could be in very simple ways: Giving a compliment or two; listening rather than speaking; just plain being nice to certain people; making the first move to contact someone I’m on the outs with.
Talk it over with the Lord. He already knows the people I’m talking about.


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