TUESDAY, SECOND WEEK OF LENT
Is 1:10,16-20; Ps 50: 8-9,16-17,21,23; Mt 23:1-12
WHY A SERVANT?
“The greatest among you must be your servant.” Every Christian is aware of this call of Christ to be a servant. The measure of one’s discipleship often lies in one’s life of service. Why then is it so difficult? Why then, are there times when the mind decides to serve, but the heart rebels?
We look at reality starting from ourselves, i.e. our subjective experience forms our subjective perception of reality. For us, the world, history and time still have ourselves as a point of reference – isn’t something ‘history’ because it was before ‘us’? Similarly, from this same point of reference, i.e. ourselves, we measure every other ‘distance’ – we are better/ worse than… we are above/below… we are greater/lesser than, stronger/weaker than… Consequently, presumption, envy, pride, selfishness, resentment, injustice often have their roots in this fossilization of positions and observations, this reservoir of perspectives and prejudices: we are the ones who have received less but have given more, we are the ones who are good but suffer more, we are the ones who have been wronged and been treated unjustly, etc.
Jesus knew that this dimension of our humanity needed to be evangelized for us to be happy and above all fruitful. This is why he emphasizes service, i.e. making oneself servants – looking at the realities from outside ourselves, from below, committing to put the other at the center, committing to look at the other as the point of reference. An exhausting and grueling exercise indeed, but if continuous and constant, it leads to the recognition that we are all born from the same ‘clay infused with God’s breath’ and that only if we look at each other through the eyes of humility, we encounter in the other ‘the image and likeness of God’ that allows us to understand and open ourselves to a life animated by the Spirit, i.e., the life of Christ
Response: To one whose way is blameless, I will show the salvation of God.
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