Service is the first action of that movement from oneself to another. It’s where everything starts to change. All the more strange, since in this world, so politically correct, it’s what you can get for yourself which is considered important.
Service turns everything upside down. Those who engage in service harness their skills, their gifts, the best of themselves, and put them at the disposal of their neighbor who in turn gets caught up in this service and begins to get more out of life.
To serve or not to serve?
It’s an agonizing decision which wears out body and spirit more surely than rocks on a desert path, since it has to do with leaving oneself in order to find oneself, with no chance to turn back on a journey towards God and neighbor.
To serve means to go beyond appearances so as to recognize, to wipe and to venerate the face of God in whatever guise of disfigurement it presents itself.
To serve means to be patient, because there is no short cut to learning the skills and habits of the One who is our Servant.
Serving needs open arms. Isn’t that how welcoming is done?
Open arms to welcome whichever neighbor will come our way, thinking only of their needs.
Serving means loss of grandeur since that’s the only way to put oneself on the same level as God’s little ones, so that sharing brings one face to face in genuine equality.
Serving demands that you give of yourself like bread that is shared, broken and passed around to everyone at table.
Serving requires Passion, that love which dares to pay the price for the ultimate gift of self.
Service is about a resolution which has the remarkable power to force even death to open the gates of life!
That is why service is the first act in the renewal of humanity.
And for the disciples of Christ there is nothing else to do except to follow the example of the Servant of Servants, who passionately served those entrusted to Him to the very limits of His love (Lenten Journey 1998).