When we think of servants, we typically picture people who are oppressed or in positions that powerful people take advantage of. God has a different idea of what a servant is, and He calls us to this way of life and shows us through His only Son, how being a servant is actually one of the most honorable positions one can take.
He uses His servants to bring His light and message of Salvation to all the nations. Dive deeper into this idea of sharing God’s light and salvation as His servant…
Catechesis At Home – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A
Not Just a Servant
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Not Just a Servant
REFLECTION – Servant of God
This week we reflect on the concept of a Servant of God. God calls Israel, not just as a servant, but to be a light to the nations. He sets apart this Chosen People as His own. The Psalmist presents himself to the Lord, as a servant – “Here I am Lord, I come to do your will.” St. Paul and Sosthenes present themselves as servants of Jesus Christ, His apostles, who are sent to preach and teach the Gospel to others. And finally, John the Baptist points us to Jesus Christ, Himself – the ultimate Servant, who gives His very life for all of us as ransom for our sins.
In all of these readings, it is more than just serving the Lord. The Lord takes our service and elevates it to make His Plan a reality. We can learn from the servants of the Old Testament – the prophets, kings, judges, and priests – how God uses them to further the plan of Salvation He has for the world. We see how He takes the broken and sinful people and make a nation that serves as His anchor on this earth. We understand through Jesus Christ the fulfillment of the covenants that God made with His People. Jesus, born poor, lived and suffered and died in a small corner of the world, who has built a Church that is worldwide, has millions of followers, and is the Light to all nations. This Church that we belong to and have a hand in expanding through our service to the Lord.
DISCUSSION – Servant or Light
How are we the Lord’s servants? St. Paul, in his letters, presents a picture of what it means to be a servant of God. He works hard, he prays hard, he lives with those whom he serves. Sound familiar? We work hard, we pray hard, and we live with those whom we are called to serve first – our families. The question is – do we serve with love, charity and patience? Are we a light to our families? How can we be that light?
ACTIVITY – Serve Others
In serving others with love, we are serving God. This week, make a special effort to be pleasant with one another in our service to them. Pleasantly do our chores, work, homework, etc. Be kind and patient with one another when there are mistakes or slip-ups. Seek to understand the other person’s point of view before trying to make our point. Say “please” and “thank you”. It is these small acts of service done with great love, that make our homes, schools, workplaces, and communities lights to the world.
DIG DEEPER – Other Not Just a Servant resources from Holy Owned and Operated:
TWMWU: Faith in the Seen and Unseen
TWMWU: Take Up Our Cross!
TWMWU: 2nd Week of Lent – The Lord is My Light
TWMWU: 3rd Week of Lent – God’s Mercy Brings Life
TWMWU: Jesus Died for Us
Podcast: Talents – Episode 17
Podcast: Giving Back – Episode 127
Podcast: It’s All in the Little Things – Episode 69
How are you Not Just a Servant, but also a Light?
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