“Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:28
Jumbo shrimp, sweet despair, and loud silence are all examples of oxymorons. How about a less common one – servant leadership? In our lives, God calls us to be servant leaders. A leader is normally seen as someone who takes charge of a situation, someone to whom people look up and whom they serve. A servant is one who normally follows and does what he or she is told. To lead and to follow; kind of an oxymoron, isn’t it? Servant leadership, though, is the idea that we, as leaders, set an example for others by serving, so that they can do the same. The traditional leader and servant roles are turned upside down, especially when we look at Jesus, our true servant leader. As the Gospel says today, “the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve.” There are countless instances in the Bible, like the washing of the disciples’ feet, where Jesus, the one called Master and teacher, was the One to become the servant. Pretty crazy stuff, huh? The challenge during this Lenten season is to strive to be more like Jesus and to serve those around you—whether it’s your family, friends, roommates, or even people you don’t know. Live your life as an oxymoron.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to learn how to give of ourselves in service to others. Help us live out the Gospel message in our everyday lives through the work that we do. Help us to be more like You and become true servant leaders. Amen.
Victor Aloyo Jr., Director of Multi Cultural Relations