Read: MATTHEW 20:20-28
“The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” (v. 28).
My friend who lives in the slums of Yangon in Myanmar invited me into her home. She waited on me, fanned me, and offered me food and drink. She lives in the most meager of tents and the threat of starvation is very real. I wasn’t expecting the deep emotion that came over me in her presence. It was humbling. Genuine hospitality and true humility permeate the lives of my friends in Yangon; to serve another person is considered a great honor. In the United States, however, this is not always our inclination. In today’s passage, the mother begs Jesus, “Let my sons have places of honor!” How often we seek the same ascension. Jesus shows us that descension is the path to true life.
King of heaven, you descended to earth to not be served but to serve. You rightfully challenge our self-importance. Conform us to your image, to become servants of all. AMEN.