A Servant’s Heart


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October 21  

 

“For we do not have a high priest

who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,

but one who has similarly been tested in every way,

yet without sin.

So let us confidently approach the throne of grace

to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.” Heb 4:15-16

 

Jesus summoned the twelve and said to them,

“You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles

lord it over them,

and their great ones make their authority over them felt.

But it shall not be so among you.

Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant;

whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.

For the Son of Man did not come to be served” Mk 10:42-45

 

Both of these readings really resonate with the vocation of Motherhood.  How often are you overwhelmed by the reality of your weaknesses? And how often do you feel like a servant or slave?  Christ is telling you to “confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help” (emphasis mine). Christ is always ready to infuse us with the grace and the help we need to keep going.  Subsequently, he reminds us that we are called to serve as He served. If Christ did not come to be served but to serve how can we not delight in our role of selfless ministry as mothers? Next time you feel weary in serving, or are tempted to resent the constant giving of yourself, remember that Christ, son of God and King of Kings, lived a life of constant service and gave that life for you.  May you rejoice in the opportunity to imitate Christ and may you always run to him to be renewed.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for being the servant of all and providing the perfect example of how to love. May I truly rejoice in the opportunity to give of myself and be a servant to my family, and may I always remember to approach the throne of grace and receive your mercy and your help. AMEN

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