Did not come to be served but to serve and give his life - Mt 20, 17-28
Naquele tempo, 17 enquanto Jesus subia para Jerusalém, ele tomou os doze discípulos à parte e, durante a caminhada, disse-lhes: 18 “Eis que estamos subindo para Jerusalém, e o Filho do Homem será entregue aos sumos sacerdotes e aos mestres da Lei. Eles o condenarão à morte, 19 e o entregarão aos pagãos para zombarem dele, para flagelá-lo e crucificá-lo. Mas no terceiro dia ressuscitará”. 20 A mãe dos filhos de Zebedeu aproximou-se de Jesus com seus filhos e ajoelhou-se com a intenção de fazer um pedido. 21 Jesus perguntou: “Que queres?” Ela respondeu: “Manda que estes meus dois filhos se sentem, no teu Reino, um à tua direita e outro à tua esquerda”. 22 Jesus, então, respondeu-lhe: “Não sabeis o que estais pedindo. Por acaso podeis beber o cálice que eu vou beber?” Eles responderam: “Podemos”. 23 Então Jesus lhes disse: “De fato, vós bebereis do meu cálice, mas não depende de mim conceder o lugar à minha direita ou à minha esquerda. Meu Pai é quem dará esses lugares àqueles para os quais ele os preparou”. 24 Quando os outros dez discípulos ouviram isso, ficaram irritados contra os dois irmãos. 25 Jesus, porém, chamou-os, e disse: “Vós sabeis que os chefes das nações têm poder sobre elas e os grandes as oprimem. 26 Entre vós não deverá ser assim. Quem quiser tornar-se grande, torne-se vosso servidor; 27 quem quiser ser o primeiro, seja vosso servo. 28 Pois, o Filho do Homem não veio para ser servido, mas para servir e dar a sua vida como resgate em favor de muitos”.
The mother becomes proud, because your son is not equal to other children. Many people feel proud, because they are not the same as other people. "I studied and graduated! I'm recognized! ". The other mother says: "my children are exemplary in everything they do." You know, it's good to recognize the good side that has on people, but when it becomes bragging. What looks good on one side, hide the downside that we can't see. The Master Jesus realized it, it was a good wish mom your kids crazy about, but hid behind a desire to autoexaltação, be better and bigger than the others. In the Kingdom of God, in the heart of It there is no place for human pretensions. In the world we live in, the competition is the most important thing, because people compete for everything they want, put forward until you get it. Who can pass an entrance exam if exalts, which didn't pass feels slighted. What can a spot in the public prosecutor's Office, on the tender, whatever it is, that's the important thing. Those who stayed behind, have a sense of guilt: "Dear me!", and so on. I have to tell you which are the feelings that fuel the human coexistence and that only serves to launch humans in competitions. It is true that, in a race, the athlete who comes first is very good, but it cannot be simply the exalted, for he who came finally to be despised. The logic of God is another. The logic of It is to take care that nobody wants, is to be where people are not to give life and attention to them. The other disciples, when they heard that argument, started getting itchy with the brothers James and John, because I wanted the same thing. Is a human group as any one of us, when our families, siblings begin arguing about who has the most right and may more. Jesus wanted to end any kind of discussion, because these intentions are merely human. He said: "look, in the Kingdom of God is not like that! In the Kingdom of God you can even become big, but big is one that serves everyone. You want to be the first, but the first is one that serves everyone. Jesus gave us his example. The son of man did not come to be served but to serve and give your life for the redemption of many. The sense of serving is precisely this: who is capable of giving his life for others. Serve's not protrude over the lives of others, is not sound better than they are, is not placed above the others, is not step on them. How many people want to serve in the Church, at work, in the family, but they step in the other, humiliate the other, passing over the other, they want human recognition. These did not understand nothing of the sense of service, did not understand anything of Jesus, server didn't understand that serve means giving life. Anything we want to be better or more important than the other, but we apply with seriousness and serenity to be one who serves others. That's what being a disciple of Christ, that is if you configure It, it's become server, as Christ came to be server of humanity.
Adapted by Flávio from site CN
Jesus, quero ser seu discípulo. Torna-me servidor, como Tu que veio para ser servidor da humanidade!
Traçando o sinal da cruz em seu/ua filho/a: Abençoe a você (nome do filho/a), nosso Deus que é † Pai, Filho e Espírito Santo, para que você filho/a viva sempre no amor de Deus e fazendo só o bem a todos. Amém!
By tracing the sign of the cross in you say: Bless me Lord God that is † father, son, and holy spirit, to live always in your love and doing good to all. Amen!
By tracing the sign of the cross on your son/daughter/au: Bless you (name of child), our God who is † father, son, and holy spirit, for you child alive always in love of God and doing good to all. Amen!