Serve, Serve, Serve!

Jn 6:11 Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted. [1]

Jesus, You, Yourself, distributed to those who were reclining!!!  You, Yourself, waited hand and foot on these people, whom You didn’t “know,” who had come for what they could get from You, who were not Your disciples, who later would follow you not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. [Jn 6:26] But You still cared for their needs.

While the other three Gospels say that You gave the bread and fish to Your disciples to distribute [Mt 14:19; Mk 6:41, 8:6; Lk 9: 16], John, who was always with You and witnessed even the most intimate moments of Your public ministry including the raising of Jairus’ daughter [Mk 5:37; Lk 8:51], the transfiguration [Mt 16:1; Mk 9:2; Lk 9:28] and the agony in the garden [Mt 26:37; Mk 14:33], John writes that You, Yourself served the people.

One instance and we might be inclined to think this was just a single incident, not repeated, without much consequence. But, then You reinforce this message at the Last Supper: “Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. [Jn 13:12-14] In both instances, it is you, John, who point out that You, Jesus, are the one serving, doing the menial tasks, waiting on others.

If You, the only begotten Son of God became Man, wait in others, how much more should we do the same. In fact, You point this out at the Last Supper: I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do. [Jn 13:15]

Get with it, kid!!! Time to get out there and serve, serve, serve!!!

[1] Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

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