Holy Gospel according to Saint John 13, 16-20
When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master
nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.
If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.
I am not speaking of all of you.
I know those whom I have chosen.
But so that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me.
From now on I am telling you before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe that I AM.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send
receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”
You are a server, not a servant
1) Servers. Today Jesus invites us to be His servers, people who wash our brother’s feet. I mean that in the sense that you help to make your brother’s path more bearable, that you help him in his path of life. To be a server is just that, to help others to solve their problems, to help make other people’s path smoother, help others keep walking. This is your calling.
2) Not a servant. Jesus has called you to serve others and not to be a servant. Because if you take on the attitude of a servant, you can lose your personality, you can become a photocopy of another person, or you stop being you. The service you give others is a result of your freedom, you do it not because you are compelled, but because you want to. The servant abandons his freedom and depends on someone else. You have a beautiful life to lead, you have plenty to give others, and there are a lot of people who expect help from you and who know what you can give. You must have a clear idea of what you can give, but without forgetting who you are.
3) Happy. Jesus reminds you again that His greatest desire for you is that you be happy. Knowing yourself for what you are and giving yourself to others as you are, you will achieve great things; among them that little bit of happiness that will be complete in Heaven. Be generous with your time and your gifts, listen to others, and always be yourself. You will find the clues to happiness inside yourself and in others, serve and discover the best things in life.
God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Never forget that Heaven is our goal.