“..it means that we do all our work with the aim of serving..”
The passage is a powerful teaching of Jesus about formation in servant leadership which our Archdiocese is fostering as the model for how we lead in our parishes and church. Jesus uses the moment to have James and John reaffirm their commitment to him and his ministry, ‘Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?’.
He also responds forthrightly to their request, ‘…these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted by my Father.’ Jesus, the Servant Leader, teaches his disciples about desire for prominence and the power that goes with it.
He reinforces his teaching on power ‘… anyone who wants to be first among you must be your slave, just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve….’ In our lives it means that we do all our work with the aim of serving – our parishioners, families, customers, co-workers, and others.
We pray to God for the grace and power of service, in humility and justice, as we lead. Amen
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