Reading: You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God, 11 (1 Peter 1:23)
Brought peace to your borders, and filled you with finest wheat.
4 The LORD sends a command to earth; his word runs swiftly! (Psalm 147:14-15)
6 Jesus summoned them 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 but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45)
Observation: I am hearing this morning in the beautiful words that come to me from the first reading of Saint Peter, the Responsorial Psalm and the Gospel of Mark that I am born anew, a new creation that is allowed to serve others, rather than focus on my own selfish interests.
Personification: Joy – The ability to celebrate life even in the midst of pain and confusion. I do not believe there is a greater joy on this earth than to serve others. At least as far as I know, I haven’t seen a greater joy than the one that comes from serving others. When Jesus says that if we wish to be great we should be a servant, I believe that greatness can be achieved on earth, in the form of great joy.
Prayer: Lord, help me display the fruit of joy at all times by allowing me to find new and different ways to serve my brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as serving those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit. Amen.