March 3, 2021
Each day during Lent, I will be highlighting a Lenten Word (or phrase) of the Day from the readings of the day. I encourage you to reflect on this word or phrase and incorporate it in your prayers today.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. (Matthew 20:27)
SERVANT: How do you think of a servant? Someone that lends a hand to another in need? A person that completes a helpful task? Our image of the work of a servant likely includes a beginning and an end to some sort of service rendered, a task completed.
When Jesus uses the term servant he is speaking of service as a way of life. To Jesus, serving others is not something we do. No, a servant is who we should be. It involves a total emptying of self; we “leave it all out on the field” for others.
According to Matthew’s gospel, a servant is a slave, but not in the sense of being forced into servitude. Rather, a true follower of Jesus Christ chooses to be a slave, accepting it as an obligation.
As today’s Lenten exercise, ask yourself this question: Is serving others something I do, or is serving others who I am?