O Jesus, give me the heart of a servant.
Picture Jesus instructing His disciples in humility.
Jesus does not criticize the teaching of the scribes and Pharisees (although he alludes to moral rigorism). Instead, he attacks their practices of seeking honor and gaining title. This conflicts with Jesus’ teaching that disciples must serve others and take the last place.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- A hypocrite wants to be seen as good without being good.
- Jesus despises this false devotion.
- He does not want the disciples to seek the praise of others.
- He does not want them to seek honors.
- He wants them to love each other as equals.
- He expects them to serve and to take the lowest place.
- For the disciples, Jesus, alone is the Master and Messiah.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, I will live my devout life in truth.
- Remove everything that is false in me.
- Jesus, place everyone in my heart. I will be a servant to all.
- Make me your disciple and I will be a true sign to the world.
- I will seek no worldly praise only your glory.
- You alone, are my Christ, my Master, my Lord.
- Do not let me ruin your work by my pride.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ Today, I will serve others.
+ I will avoid all ostentatious behavior so the gospel can spread.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
The greatest among you must be the servant of all.