“Faith in action is love, and love in action is service.” – Mother Teresa
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“For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.”
Today’s gospel reading opens with Jesus’ followers arguing over which one of them is the greatest.
You have to hand it to Jesus for his patience.
His followers really weren’t grasping his message at all!
At least, the men weren’t.
Mary Magdalene and Jesus’ mother were likely exceptions to this!
Jesus’ life was all about servant leadership.
Jesus was not calling attention to himself.
He wasn’t trying to gain fame and fortune.
He was emptying himself (Philippians 2:7).
Jesus was serving those on the fringes of society.
He was standing up to the powerful and demanding fair treatment for those who had no voice.
Jesus did all these things without harming anyone.
Jesus looked at all people and all creation as a whole.
It was all one in the web-of-God’s-Love.
Life is not about you and your private salvation project (Thomas Merton’s phrase).
Life is about everyone and everything and the greater good of all.
This takes a whole new operating system to grasp, and let’s face it, it’s completely counter to our culture’s philosophy.
If everyone let go of ego-centric desires and served the greater good of all, there would be no concern about who is greatest.
And the kingdom of God, the experience of unconditional love, peace, and wholeness, would materialize in this time and place.
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