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September 30th, 2013
Sarah Spencer
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[455] Zech 8:1-8
Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29+22-23
Luke 9:46-50.

“For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest”   -Luke: 50

I have always been an extremely competitive person, and used to focus on attempting to be the best at everything in high school. “First” meant “the best” and “the greatest” in my mind. I am sure my siblings will never forget my triumphant cry after beating them in pick-up basketball or a game of monopoly. When I would fail at being first and would come in second, third, and so on in school, sports, theatre, or other activities, a shadow of defeat would overwhelm me. Now, I am embarrassed when I look back and see how my pride would trounce any humility I possessed in my past. I was not glorifying Jesus through my life, and I was definitely not serving the people around me.  

Pope Francis, Mother Teresa, and Jesus are three of the greatest role models of serving our fellow man to have ever walked this earth. However, I often become selfish and forget examples of how Mother Teresa loved the people around her with her entire being, or the way Pope Francis washed the inmates’ feet, or how Jesus Christ suffered and died for the sins of all of us. We are called to not only serve one another with humility, but to rise above our pride and live for somebody greater than ourselves. Whenever I find myself in the trap of wanting to be the “greatest” today, I have to remind myself that Jesus did not call me to be the best nurse, or to have the highest grades, or be the fastest runner. I am called to love Him and to love my neighbor as myself, and I pray that we all find the humility to serve others and let the Holy Spirit work through our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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