Be in your prayer space, follow the usual steps and settle into silence.

Settle into silence, into peacefulness, into profound silence and keep listening in quietness, stillness and serenity.

Now I invite you to consecrate your time and all that comes with this moment….in your own way, in humble, simple, may be even inadequate words………..

May this moment and all other coming moments open new doors for you and may God bless you with wisdom and courage to walk in faith, as you continue your journey of life!

Take a moment. Bless your morning. Let your morning Bless you……Take another moment…. Bless your world…… Let your world bless you……

Be still…..Relax…….Do not rush.

Take a moment…..pray, sing, and meditate on the following song!

Make me a servant, humble and meek,
Lord, let me lift up those who are weak,
And may the prayer of my heart always be,
Make me a servant (2), make me a servant today.

 Even though you were in the form of God,
You took the form of a slave,
You accepted death even on a cross,
So God exalted your name.    Make me a servant…….

 Ere you formed me in my mother’s womb,
You called me by my name.
And you touched my mouth and appointed me,
A prophet to the world.    Make me a servant…….

May I heal the sick and the cripple, blind
Bring back the sheep that stray,
May I seek the lost and the weak make strong,
With justice to the poor.    Make me a servant…….

Keep praying for a few moments….

Make me a servant, humble and meek…..

Jesus and his disciples were on their way to Jerusalem. He began to tell them about what was waiting for him in Jerusalem: judgment, condemnation, rejection, abuse and death, but resurrection three days later (Mark 10:35-45).

Now as they heard about what would happen to their master in Jerusalem, they wanted to know
whether they could sit beside Jesus in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus was talking about suffering and their thoughts went to securing places of honor when their master would leave them!!! They did not grasp the significance what Jesus was trying to say to them. Jesus told them that “sitting beside” was a gift from the father. It was up to them now to surrender themselves in service.

On another occasion, the mother of James and John was curious about whether her sons would be able to sit beside Jesus in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus told her that “sitting beside” was a gift from the father. It is up to them now to surrender in service. First rank goes to those who surrender themselves in service!!! “Anyone among you who aspires to greatness must serve the rest and whoever wants to rank first must serve the needs of all” (Mathew 20:20-28).

They had to redefine greatness. Being great meant being at the service of others. First rank goes to ALL who surrender themselves in service!!!
Jesus counseled all leaders to exercise their authority as service.

“Anyone among you who aspires to greatness must serve the rest and whoever wants to rank first must serve the needs of all”

Jesus used the example of a servant, who comes in from the field after a day’s work, being asked to do more work. Should this servant expect gratitude form his master for doing his duty? The featured servant is doing double duty, more than expected of him, more than his assigned duty. The servant is to see this “call beyond duty” as a gift, an honor and an expression of the master’s gratitude. Jesus said, when you done all you have been commanded, say we are useless servants. We have done no more than our duty” (Luke 17:5-10).

Remember Jesus having his last supper with his disciples. Great things happened during this meal. He had washed the feet of his disciples and called them to follow his example in gracious and self-sacrificing service. Try to imagine this scene. You are sitting at the table with Jesus and his friends on the night before he died…. imagine him with an apron around his waist and a bowl of water in his hands, on his knees, before you……God in an apron with a bowl of water ready to wash your feet!!!

Accept the gift of love in this “foot-washing” and share it with others. Remember the times you have refused this gift!
Remember: you and I stand in constant need of foot washing! Pray that you may have the courage and the wisdom to surrender yourself in service.

After the washing of the feet of his disciples during the last supper, Jesus said to them, as I have done, so you must do. If I who am master and Lord have washed your feet, you must wash each other’s feet. Another occasion, he said, no slave is greater than his master and no messenger outranks the one who sent him.

The call of Jesus is not just service that makes you feel good. It is to serve, to care for others even when the cost is great….even to the point of suffering and eventual death. Love must reach out in selfless and generous service….Love must go beyond the call of duty…Love must walks the extra mile……..

Jesus said, no one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another. (John 15:13-17)

The Prophet Isaiah dreamed and sang of a servant whom God would send, who would justify his people through his suffering (Isaiah 53:10-11). This suffering servant would give his life as an offering for sin and he would bear the guilt of his people. Through his suffering God’s light and life will come to his people. We have seen this dream of Isaiah being fulfilled in the suffering and serving love of Jesus.

This portrait of the suffering servant helped the early followers of Jesus to understand their own sufferings for the sake of their faith. Suffering was understood as meaningful and valuable when united with the suffering of Christ. The author of the letter to the Colossians tells us, “I find joy in the suffering I endure for you. In my own flesh I fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of his body, the Church” (Col.1:24). We have come to know a new way of seeing and accepting suffering – not as victims suffering at the hands of cruel and unjust systems, but as witnesses of love welcoming opportunities to become closer to Christ, sharing in the suffering of Christ in compassion and love, showing loving concern for all who suffer, etc.

Take a moment…..pray, sing, and meditate on the following song!

We are made for service to care for all men
We are made for love both time and again
A love that will live through sorrow and pain
A love that will never die with strain.

God sent His son to show us the way
One who shared His love every minute of the day
One who gave His life that we might live
And His Spirit to help us through the years.

Life can be so lonely when nobody cares
Life can be so empty when nobody shares
But if man gives himself to help other men
The happiness of Christ will live within.

Fr. Gus Tharappel, msfs