First In Line
When I taught elementary school, I would always smile at how the children loved to be first: first in line, first in the bus, first in the front seat. I would smile and think how common this desire is for all of us. The desire to be first can stand in the way of being for others. In today’s Gospel the mother of the Sons of Zebedee asks Jesus that her sons sit on his left and on his right in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus tells her that this is not his to give. He also says, the one who is great is the one who serves.
As Christian disciples we are called to serve in the kingdom. This calls us to reach out beyond our tiny world and see to the needs of all people. By putting others in first place, we create a space where the good news of Jesus Christ can be heard.
How do you serve Christ in the people you meet? Do you feel called to serve in a new way.
God of all people,
Help us reach beyond our tiny world
so as to open our hearts to all your people.
May our service in your Name
Be a gift in your world that is so in need of your mercy.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.