READINGS for 2007-03-07
THE JOY OF SERVING
“Just so, the Son of man did not come to be served...” – Matthew 20:28
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Ruth 3-4
GREATNESS EQUALS SERVICEI am sure most of us will agree that greatness is something that we all aspire for. All of us want to advance in power, wealth and intelligence as a means by which to achieve greatness. None of us want to remain obscure; we want to at least be recognized because of some accomplishments. And so we aspire to learn more, to earn more, to achieve more.
This kind of thinking is shaped by our thinking that greatness comes with power. This is very obvious in this country where we bow before powers that be—politicians, actors, etc.
I read an article about a man who is so powerful that whenever he says, “Jump,” everybody does not simply jump but asks him how high he wants them to jump. Some of us believe that greatness comes with wealth. We admire the “kutis-mayaman and buhok mayaman” as if everything that is good is only found in the rich. So we aspire to look like them. We equate greatness with intelligence. None of us will accept being labeled as idiot. Christ in today’s gospel reverts this thinking. Greatness may come with power, intelligence, and wealth, but real greatness can come only with service. My understanding of this is very simple and practical. You may have made your first million at the age of 30, but until when will you enjoy using it? Suppose at age 60 you die. Then it would just be a good 30 years of greatness for you. Suppose you have become the most powerful person in your town when you were elected mayor at age 35. So how long will you sustain your incumbency? Three terms? Then it would just be a good 9 years of greatness for you. Suppose you reach high in academics—two doctorates at the age of 33. So if you’ll live to reach 65 that would just be 32 years of greatness for you.
Service is Jesus’ path to greatness. It is the kind of greatness that can be sustained not just in this world but in the life to come. It is the kind of greatness that will enable us to have everlasting life. Fr. Sandy V. E.
REFLECTION QUESTION: How long have you been “great”?
May I long only for the greatness that comes with service.
Bl. John Larke, priest and martyr, pray for us.
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