Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But it is to fulfill the scripture, ‘The one who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ I tell you this now, before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am he. Very truly, I tell you, whoever receives one whom I send receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
In today’s Gospel John references Jesus’ washing of the feet. Jesus gave us this beautiful and moving example of service. As I start each day I ask myself, “How can I be of maximum service to God today by being of service to the people about me?” When I notice that I am feeling agitated, worried, or having fights in my head—when I am the only person in the room—I often think “how I can be of service right now?”. I will get up from my desk and ask our office manager about her day. I will call a friend to say have a nice day. I let a person in line at the bus stop go ahead of me. I am amazed that I always feel better and the thing I was worried about seems to disappear.
What small acts of service can I do today?
Lord, may we live out the instruction of St. Therese of Lisieux: “Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” Amen
—Prayer based on the words of St. Therese of Lisieux
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