God’s way to greatness is to serve, if I would be the greatest, I would be slave to all Mt. 20: 26-27. Jesus on the road to Jerusalem instructs his disciples to follow him the suffering servant of the Lord to Jerusalem, to Calvary, to the tomb, to the Resurrection, to newness of life.
Our call to deal with the structural and systemic causes of poverty is not only right, it is needed it is necessary. Good public policy depends on commitment to recognizing the dignity of all, and choosing to enhance that which promotes equality, opportunity, and decency. God knows in these days of enforced isolation and loss of income; of market volatility and evaporation of wealth we will need to have a care for one another. Our call to sublimate our individual wants for the good of the community especially the elderly and compromised is an expression of our recognition that if we will be a great country in a great world, then we will judge ourselves by the manner in which we treat the most in need. I’m guessing most of our parents who are now teachers as well, will find this a great challenge; but they will willingly serve because they love their children, who are now a huge group of God’s children most in need. It is God’s way, it is the way of the cross, and as Lent reminds us it is the way to newness of life, fullness of life. And God is with us.
Salvation is a gift, one we do not earn, rather one to which we respond. God initiates and we respond. Salvation is not a self-improvement project, though it leads to fullness of life, it is God’s way becoming more and more my way, service and giving are at the foundation of what we are if we truly learn to live.
So, as we move to Holy Week, learn from the passion death and resurrection. Learn from the suffering servant who calls us to love our Neighbors. May our lives, be grounded in service, grounded in faithful love, grounded in God’s way.