Deacon Kevin Kayda Sem. C ‘13
Servant of the Servants of God
“I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.” John 13: 15
Having a teacher or boss wash a student or employee’s feet was just as strange during the time of Christ that it is to us today. The person in the higher position does not serve the person in the lower position. Unless you are a Christian that is. At the Last Supper, Christ told the Apostles that if they want to be a true follower they must be both a teacher and a servant. And this is true for all Christians today. This is true for all Christians including especially for those in the clergy. This is why the Pope has the title of the Servant of the Servants of God. The New Evangelization that Blessed John Paul II called for says that we must lead others to Christ with both words and actions. We must be willing to do works of mercy. Many people in the Early Church were converted because of the actions that they saw Christians doing such as creating the first hospitals and orphanages. We must remember that words for charity and love are normally interchangeable in the Church. If we love our neighbor we must be willing to serve them. Pictures and icons of saints always have the holy person’s eyes opened. This is because they know the path to Heaven requires them to leave self by loving others. Christian meditation is where a person reflects on the love of God and how that love has affected the world. As Good Friday and Easter come, may we see the ultimate sacrifice of love and seek to imitate that offering of self ourselves.
Lord, help me to serve others as you have served us. Amen
Ex 12: 1-8, 11-14, Ps 116: 12-13, 15-16, 17-18, 1 Cor 11: 23-26, Jn 13: 1-15