Today we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, an iconic event for our faith – one that’s re-presented at each Mass and full of rich teaching from Christ.
During the course of the evening, Christ continues to teach his apostles (and us), before he’s betrayed and led off to suffer and die.
One thing Jesus says has always stood out to me:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him” John 13:16
These words stand out to me, because they don’t seem that groundbreaking. Many times, Jesus’ words flip our prior notions on their head. But in this case – Yes, a slave is not greater than his master, he’s a slave. (Common sense tells us how obvious that is).
But the issue here is that this quote needs to be put in context – because it IS obvious, and that’s Jesus’ point.
Christ says these words after washing the apostles’ feet – an act ‘beneath’ Him. (Peter even refuses at first to let Christ wash his feet.) But in this context, we can start to see what Christ meant with His words above.
Jesus is basically asking his apostles, are you too good to serve one another? Do you think serving is beneath you?
Because if you do, then you’re saying that you are greater than your master and teacher, Jesus, who came to serve.
So, let’s ask ourselves – do we think that serving one another is beneath us?
Is a slave greater than his master?
Be the Men.