Monday 10 August 2020

About Today Readings

St Lawrence. 2 Corinthians 9:6-10. Happy the merciful who give to those in need – Psalm 111(112):1-2, 5-9. John 12:24-26.

If a grain of what falls on the ground and dies, it yields a rich harvest

Will you let me be your servant

Let me be as Christ to you

Pray that I might have the grace

To let you be my servant too

‘Servant Song’ by David Haas was played at my wedding Mass. It’s a wedding sort of song. But the line I love the most is the request for a prayer. This is a prayer of humility to allow ourselves to be served. The service Jesus’ called us to is reciprocal. Jesus was a servant; he calls us to serve. Jesus gave his life, so he calls us to give ours.

The ability to participate in this reciprocity of service is from God’s grace. It takes humility to let someone help, assist and care for us. It’s much more comfortable for me to be ‘the doer’ and ‘the helper’. Accepting the role of ‘receiver’ is a stretch. It’s a call for me to let the illusion of self-sufficiency die and allow God and others in.

God, help me to serve Jesus and others. Please let me be humble enough to let others serve too.

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