Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Reflection for Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent
JER 18:18-20
PS 31: 5-6, 14, 15-16
MT 20: 17-28

The readings for today inspire me to reflect on service. In the gospel Jesus is solicited by a mother to make a place for her two sons to sit at either side of him in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus says no and explains “Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mathew 20:26-28). There is much to reflect on in this statement. I think about service. When you serve others are you motivated to genuinely help the other person without a promise to receive something in return or are you serving with the hope of gaining something? Do you help out of a feeling of obligation or a desire to be liked? I feel Jesus’s comment is a challenge to give from a place of love. Where might you be able to challenge yourself to serve others more lovingly? Perhaps during Lent you may choose to attend more to others’ and opt to listen, console, or support when you otherwise would have chosen to avoid the person. It is in the small moments that we can truly be Christ for one another.

Katie Hoff is an Organizational Effectiveness Specialist for Learning & Development in Human Resources.

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