Lent reflection for 3 March
“Anyone who wants to be great among you must be your servant.”
In today’s gospel, the disciples are told that if they want to be great and powerful, they need to be humble. They need to serve others. This is counter-intuitive.
We are sold the story in our world today that everything is a competition. That in order to get ahead we must be better than all the rest, that we deserve the best of everything, and that if we somehow don’t achieve all this then we have failed.
And yet, does this really bring us happiness?
So many of us instead are constantly striving. Whenever we achieve something, the next milestone comes into focus beyond it. We do not reach our own fulfilment, and in our struggle we also hold back others from reaching their own goals.
So, perhaps we need to make a change. Rather than trying to be the best, or get the next new thing, we can step out of the race.
By reaching out to help others, by putting ourselves in service to God and to our neighbour instead, perhaps we will find true happiness and fulfilment.
As Pope Francis says, “Each day we have to decide whether to be Good Samaritans or indifferent bystanders” (Fratelli Tutti, #69).
What choice will you make today?
God of joy, lead me to serve you and my neighbours in whatever way I can. In this service may I find true happiness and enable others to do the same. Amen.
Think about how you could serve others in your local community and throughout the world this Lent. Check out our fundraiser’s guide for how you could get involved with CAFOD to make a difference – and have fun at the same time.