July 25, 2016
(St. James, Apostle)
Jesus said, “whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.” Mt_20:20-28
And we might be thinking, ‘Yeah, it’s easy for Jesus to say that to us, although He was famous, powerful and master!’ But then again, when we think about it, it was Jesus who washed the disciples’ feet – something that only the lowest of low would do. It was Jesus who approached and even touched the untouchable lepers. It was Jesus who, as a Jew, visited the (un-visitable) Samaritans, ate with the (despised) tax collectors and allowed the Romans to manhandle, torture and kill him.
So who really was the master and who the slave. If we ever get to thinking that we’re the master, beloved, just plan an outside picnic, wash your car, or plan the perfect wedding and see how perfectly it all comes out! We surely are not in control.
But when we can accept life as it comes to us and pray that the true Master, our God, has mercy and brings His kindness upon us; when we give thanks for every blessing of grace in life we experience and then offer that blessing to others as slaves of the “true” Master – then we’ll find what a magnificent gift this life truly is.
We are your unprofitable servants, Lord. Do with us as You desire, and we will give thanks for the privilege of serving You!
Blessed be our God!
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