Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 15 March
Anyone who wants to be great among you must be your servant.
“How dare this woman take our place?” I imagine the disciples’ fury at the woman who asks Jesus for her two sons to sit next to the Lord in heaven. After all, don’t the disciples deserve the best seats, with all they have sacrificed?
Jesus calls his disciples to him. With profound patience and understanding, he tells the disciples not to do things for their own selfish gain. They are not to think they are better than everyone else. The Lord knows he himself will soon be mocked and crucified. In a similar way, Jesus wants his followers to be humble of heart and servants of one another. This is the way of the Cross.
Sam is a sixth former in Hallam diocese in North East England. This past year, as part of our young leadership programme, Sam has been raising money in her school for CAFOD. She has led an assembly, organised a cupcake sale at break-time, and she even met with her MP at the Houses of Parliament to talk about climate change.
Sam’s motivation is inspiring. She says, “Most people who want to be a leader want to be at the front. For me, it’s more about being at the back, just serving and meeting a need.”
Sam is setting an amazing example for people to follow. May we be moved to do the same.
Lord Jesus, you teach us to follow you with humble hearts. Help us to live our lives for you. Amen.
Are you a young person looking for ways to serve your neighbours? Or do you know any young people in your parish or community? Find out about inspiring ways you can make a difference.
PS. Mothering Sunday is coming soon (26 March). Show your love and bring hope to our sisters and brothers around the world by giving her a Health mum and baby World Gift.
This reflection was written by Rachel McCarthy from CAFOD’s Theology Programme.