Monday, 23 July 2012
23rd July 2012 Luke 22.24-30
A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
‘You are those who have stood by me in my trials; and I confer on you, just as my Father has conferred on me, a kingdom, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
My prayers today are taking me to a reflection on service and egos. There are many people in congregations across the world who want to be seen as important; and who like to rank others by their importance - usually perceived. Then there are those we all know who serve their communities within and outside the church and ask for nothing in response. Most of us are somewhere in the middle and it is Jesus who keeps me true when my ego comes up against service.