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Servitude

 

          I was surfing the internet when I came across an article stating that the honeymoon is over.  The hierarchy of the Church in Rome is once again upset with Pope Francis.  In the first few weeks of his reign, he seemed more like your addled uncle than the pope.   Traveling on the bus to where he was staying during the conclave, insisting on paying his own bill, the rejection of the red shoes for his own, more comfortable one,  Refusing to wear all of the trappings of his office, acting like a politician working the rope lines, showing up unannounced to say Mass throughout Rome….and now the most serious breach of protocol.  Instead of spending Maundy Thursday with the church hierarchy, and washing the feet of priests, Pope Francis traveled to a Juvenile detention center to say Mass, and to wash the feet of  12 randomly chosen inmates.  It didn’t matter what their religious affiliation, or their gender….Pope Francis got on his knees and washed these unwashed feet.

This is a man who really gets it.  Just as Jesus came for the sinners and the downtrodden,  Pope Francis has initially shown the same tendencies.  He apparently has no patience for the church hierarchy, concentrating his efforts on those who need the Gospel. 

          Jesus came to serve, not to be served. “Who being in the very nature God,….made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross!”

Phil 2:7-8  Even as we attend worship, it is God, our host, who serves us.  As we offer praise and adulation,  It is God who provides through Word and Sacrament, forgiveness and salvation, comfort and love, knowledge and understanding, support,  and his body and blood.  As Christ came to serve us, we are to serve our fellow man.    “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children  and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us.” Eph 5:1-2

                It appears that the new Pope gets it…He, like us, was called to be a servant of Christ.  During this Easter season, Let us renew our devotion to service in our Lord’s name.=