Make Me Your Humble and Obedient Servant

TUESDAY: Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time


Make Me Your Humble and Obedient Servant

The Prophet Ezekiel's proverbial saying he ate and digested the word of God, sweet to his pallet but sour to his stomach, prefigured Christ's notion of his food being the will of his Father. Both Ezekiel and Christ surmised God the Father destined them, as the Simeon stated, "for the fall and rising of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is rejected - so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare (Lk.2:34-35)."

Isaiah 50: 4-5 speaks of the prophetic ministry as a school of formation in humility, obedience and solidarity with the weary. A humbling responsibility, which does rely upon the efforts of the individual. Obedience to the will of God was uppermost in the mind of Christ (Jn.6:38-46). Resignation and receptivity to the Father's will say St. Paul, is the distinguishing qualities of Christ's spirituality (Phil.2:6-11).

Thus, in Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-4, the little child presented to the disciples represents the childlikeness of Christ himself. What is the moral of this lesson: clericalism has no place in the life and ministry of the servants of God and Disciples of Christ. Regardless of one's position in the Church, everyone like Christ must be a suffering servant searching for the lost sheep of the New Israel of God.

Lord, I seek no position in the ranks of the Church. Only that I ask you to perfect my skills in responding to the weary and my resilience to find the lost sheep.

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