September 23, Service – a Sunday Scriptures blog

serviceWhen the late Bishop Kenneth Untener was appointed to the Saginaw Diocese, he asked to meet all his priests. He came into the room where they were assembled wearing an apron, and with a towel on his arm, and said: Hello! I’m Ken and I’ll be your waiter. The leader as servant is a strong theme in the Gospels. In John’s Gospel, there is no account of the institution of the Eucharist at the last supper; instead Jesus washes the disciples’ feet. You and I try to live in terms of Jesus’ example and teaching about servanthood. Today notice all the many people who serve you and me every day: the person delivering your mail; the clerk in the supermarket; all the people at service venues open and waiting for you to shop, get clothes cleaned, eat something.… Yes, people are earning salaries, but they are also serving us, giving some of their precious lifetime to us which can never be replaced. Sometimes I take all these people for granted, as though what they give me is my due! I’ll try not to do that today.

– Blog entry by Sister Mary Garascia

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