Romans 5:12, 15, 17-21
Psalm 40:7-10, 17
Saint Paul of the Cross, Priest (Optional Memorial)
Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. (Luke 12:37)
“Lord Jesus, I know who you are speaking about. You are the master in this parable. And I am blessed to be one of your servants. I am in awe, Lord, that you, the King of kings, would wait on me!
“Jesus, you are more exalted than the master you spoke of in this parable. He was just a man, like me. You, however, sit on heaven’s highest throne. Saints and angels bow down before you in a continual expression of honor. You hold the very universe together with the power of your word. And still, you humbly stoop to serve and attend to me.
“Master, you promise that if I am vigilant, a day will come when you will serve me. But you’ve already served me more than I could dare to dream! You traded heaven’s glories for earthly humility. You submitted yourself to a body like mine that thirsts, grows weary, and suffers pain. You lowered yourself to the company of sinners and tax collectors, even to being crucified between thieves just so that you could bear my guilt and shame.
“Thanksgiving wells up within my heart as I reflect on all the ways that you’ve served me. Every day, you listen carefully as I tell you about my needs and desires, and you answer each prayer. You carry my burdens and invite me to recline at your table of grace. Thank you, Jesus!
“Lord, today I pray to be clothed with the garment of service that you wear so gracefully. Give me your heart of meekness and patience so that I can wear it gracefully, too—in my home, at work, and everywhere I go. Help me to quench any flickers of pride that arise as I go about serving your people today. Instead, light my heart with the flame of your love. May it burn brightly so that I can see your beautiful countenance in the faces of my neighbors. And may all who feel its warmth be drawn to you.”
“All glory and honor to you, Jesus, the servant King!”~WAU