The Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve’.
Mark 10: 32-45
Oftentimes when one thinks of leaders and leadership the perceptions are linked to glamorous images of being served, being waited on. James and John in their request to be seated one on the left and the other on the right may have been seduced by this notion.
Yet Jesus, Saviour of the world, a king born in a lowly stable in Jerusalem came not to receive accolades and bask in compliments and worldly achievements . He walked among men, humbly doing His Father’s will, serving mankind, washing feet and broken as bread and wine, redeeming and reestablishing us to our identity as priest, prophet and king.
Love is a one-way street. It always moves away from self in the direction of the other. Love is the ultimate gift of our selves to others. When we stop giving we stop loving, when we stop loving we stop growing, and unless we grow we will never attain personal fulfillment; we will never open out to receive the life of God. ( Mother Theresa)