Come to Serve and not to Be Served
Today I will humble myself to serve someone in need, especially anyone toward whom I have negative sentiments.
by Father Alex Yeung, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Lord Jesus, I wish to accompany you closely on the road to Calvary. If I were to
contemplate you more often as you hang scourged and bloody upon the cross, I’m certain I would be
able to rest in your love and base my actions on that one truth. I know that you have loved me with
an eternal love: you have proven it there on the wood of the cross. So I long to respond with
gratitude, peace and the firm determination to spread your love to everyone.
Lord, grant me the grace of final perseverance in the
1. The Proof of His Unwavering Love:
"Jesus knew that his
hour had come to pass from this world to the Father." Jesus did not suffer crisis of identity.
Throughout his entire public ministry he showed an awareness of who he was (the Fathers Anointed
One) and what he had come to do (his mission). He knew the trials that were soon to crush his mortal
body. They would be a means to prove his worth: his love. "He loved his own in the world and he
loved them to the end." Love endures anything. Love can draw forth good even from the worst of
situations. Love redeems. The very betrayal of his friendship will let him demonstrate the
authenticity of his own friendship: "There is no greater love than to lay one’s life down for one’s
2. Acceptance of Christ's Love:
Jesus has not asked "permission"
to be humble and of service. Peter's question, "Master, are you going to wash my feet?" does not
come as a request, rather as a resistant acknowledgement of what Jesus is about to do. Do humility
and love need our "permission"? The question is: who is humble enough to receive someone else's
love? Am I humble enough to receive Jesus' love for me? Jesus' humility and charity are purifying in
their effect. In fact, precisely the attitude, "You will never wash my feet," needs to be washed
away. Only the poor in spirit, the pure of heart, the childlike enter the Kingdom of heaven: "Unless
I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me." Let Christ bathe me, then, by his graceful
example. Anything less, I will lose my part with him. Yet if he has bathed me by his word, then I
must only keep my feet clean.
3. The Precious Lesson:
If I am a disciple, I
must be careful to learn the lesson. Jesus asks, "Do you realize what I have done for you?" If
anything, the master could demand that his servant wash his feet, not the other way around. Jesus is
Lord and master, he is the Good Teacher. I am his disciple. Nonetheless, he has demonstrated his
authority not by exacting obedience through exertion of force, rather by revealing the power of
virtue: humility and charity – and their capacity to teach and persuade. "If I, therefore, the
master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another's feet." He has given me a
model to follow, so that I go and do likewise. Whose feet am I meant to
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, continue to bathe me with your word so
that I may be found clean. Grant me the humility and charity to imitate your virtues. I wish to
learn to wash the feet of others, so give me the grace to let down my defenses and simply reach out
to do good, without worrying how others may react to me.
Today I will
humble myself to serve someone in need, especially anyone toward whom I have negative
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