"WILL YOU LET ME BE YOUR SERVANT"
The innocence of the child radiated humility and simplicity. Those who serve need such virtues.
The disciples of Jesus Christ in today's Gospel, had been arguing about who was the most important. They were caught up in the "jealousy and selfish ambition" that St. James decries (3:16.) So Jesus places a child in their midst. The child was not for an icon of cuteness or disarming curiosity. Rather, the innocence of the child radiated humility and simplicity. Those who serve need such virtues.
Jesus came to serve and not be served. He told His disciples "If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all." "Will you let me be your servant. Let me be as Christ to you." The familiar hymn was written by Richard Gillard. We have sung this hymn at funerals, weddings, Holy Thursday and Sunday Mass, these lyrics touch our hearts in their eloquent way to serve the needs of others. Pope Francis, who serves the poor in his every word and deed, calls us to share in this journey as a people and of a faith community. How can I serve the needs of those around me?
Maybe this will help: Ten Characteristics of Servant-Leadership created by Larry C. Spears:
Awareness Commitment to the Growth of People
Persuasion Building Community
Let me be your servant!