#39: Serve: #40ways40days

A dispute also arose among Jesus’ disciples as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.’ (Luke 22:24-27)

During World War II, a German widow hid Jewish refugees in her home. As her friends discovered the situation, they became extremely alarmed.

‘You are risking your own well-being,’ they said.

‘I know that,’ she replied.

‘Then why,’ they demanded, ‘do you persist in this foolishness?’

Her answer was stark and to the point. ‘I am doing it,’ she said, ‘because the time is now and I am here.’

© Joan Chittister in Songs of the Heart. John Garratt Publishing, 2011. #40ways40days. Image credit: Shelley Knoll-Miller. Used with permission of the artist.

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