Learning servanthood

Tuesday of 2nd Week of Lent, based on Matthew 23:1-12

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.

Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

2 thoughts on “Learning servanthood

  1. I am a correctional officer. I retired once and I returned to duty. I am also 8 the inquiry phase of the 3rd order of the Order of Preachers. I will share what small amount I understand b of the profession with you if you think it will do some good.
    Also please include me in a prayer. I am also 8ntereste where I can go to spend a week or so as a guest in a Order of Preachers abby.
    May God bless and protect you,
    Leon Foreman

  2. Blessings, Ruth, as you celebrate a new decade of life today! Thank you for the gift of your powerful preaching in word and deed!

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