Jesus calls them all together and explains, once again, that to be a leader in the Reign of God is to be a servant…it is to make oneself available to the other. He says that the one who wishes to be the greatest among you must be a servant for the rest and the one who wishes to be first must be slave to all. This image turns our vision of the world on its head, the most important among us is to act as the least and to serve the others. In Jesus’ world, as in ours’ today, servants were considered to be at the bottom of the ladder of society. They are the invisible ones, the expendable ones. Yet in the Reign of God, the servants are the truly special ones. By their service to others they follow Jesus Christ, and through their actions proclaim their citizenship in the Reign of God.
So let us reflect this week on our own place in the world and in the Reign of God. To whom am I called to serve? Who serves me and how do I treat them?