A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
NOTES FROM DEACON PAREJA
November 16, 2019
“Whoever wishes to be great among you, will be your servant.” Mark 10.44
October 16, 2015
Can you imagine being two brothers who had the privilege of being called by Jesus and then walking with him daily during his three year ministry? Then, as you come to understand who he truly is; the living Son of God, you would stand before him asking him to do whatever you wanted. Some would say that takes a lot of nerve to ask of Jesus something for yourself, least of all for Jesus to save a place of honor for you either on his left or his right. Was this request such an incredible thing to ask? Could it be that James and John had become so close to Jesus that they could speak to him like we might to a good friend? It might not be so incredible except James and John were two of twelve who walked with Jesus, so why them and not any one of the others?
Jesus uses this opportunity to teach us about humility; that the one who wishes to be first will need to become a servant to all. We gain favor in the eyes of God when we act as Christ to one another, when we serve one another, putting others before ourselves. We are not to look for places of honor so that we might stand above another, rather, we are to continue to serve people, putting their needs before ours, this is how we will gain a place of honor with God. We must like Jesus, humble ourselves taking on the role of servant. A person of humility does not show love and kindness to another to gain a greater respect from others. A person of humility shows love and kindness to others because that is what it means to be a Christian.
Who in your life do you serve? Or do you expect to be served by others? Many times as spouses, parents, employees, even friends we serve others putting them before ourselves and we do it without thinking about it. Are we doing it because we are looking for a special attention? Or are we living humbly doing what we can to serve God’s people? By acting in a Christ-like manner, serving, rather than being served, we live the Gospel and in doing so participate in the mission of the Catholic Church: to take the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world.