images (2)Scripture — Matthew 20:  24-28

When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers.  But Jesus called them to him and said,

“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.  It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave;  just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Reflection, from Servant Leadership by Robert Greenleaf

“The idea of The Servant as Leader came out of reading Herman Hesse’s Journey to the East.  In this story we see a band of men on a mythical journey.  The central figure of the story is Leo who accompanies the party as the servant who does their menial chores, but who also sustains them with his spirit and his song.  He is a person of extraordinary presence.  All goes well until Leo disappears.  Then the group falls into disarray and the journey is abandoned.  They cannot make it without the servant Leo.  One of the party, after some years of wandering finds Leo and is taken into the Order that had sponsored the journey.  There he discovers that Leo, whom he had known first as servant, was in fact the titular head of the Order, it’s guiding spirit, a great and noble leader.”

Prayer, by Thomas a Kempis

Let not thy Word, O Lord, become a judgment upon us, that we hear it and do it not, that we know it and love it not, that we believe it and obey it not; O thou, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit livest and reignest, world without end.  Amen.