Today’s Word: “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 22.27).
It seems callous of them, to say the least but here are the disciples arguing about which of them has the best leadership credentials to take over once Jesus is gone. This sorry scene is what Luke presents us with today (24). It’s surely a matter of extreme (divine) charity that far from taking offence, Jesus subverts their seminar reflections on leadership with the simple call to imitate his example of (let’s be candid) menial service. More than this, Jesus insists that it’s this way of living; marked by both suffering and trial (28), which is the springing point of true authority in God’s economy- the kingdom (30). This of course, is the painful lesson which Peter has yet to learn. No matter how much he insists that he is ready to go with Jesus “to prison and to death!” (33) Jesus prepares him for his ‘falling and rising’ with tenderness, compassion and confidence (32).
Our Prayer for Lent is: “Lord Jesus, draw me into your friendship”.