For several years I volunteered once a week as the receptionist at a conference and retreat centre. For the comfort of guests and staff there was a no-smoking policy in the building.
A chaplain at one of the local hospitals came periodically for a private retreat. One day the director of the centre caught sight of Brother Alphonse (not his real name) smoking in the library. She confronted him: “Excuse me, but there is no smoking allowed anywhere in this building. Did you not notice the signs?” “Oh, yes,” he said, “but I didn’t think that applied to me.” Apparently the good brother was of the mind that his status gave him the advantage of disobeying the rules.
This scripture passage applies to us. We are to be Christ’s obedient servants, forgetting about the status we may have in the community or the church. Because Jesus willingly laid aside everything for us, even to the point of giving his very life, we can do no other than to offer ourselves in loving service to the lonely, the least and the lost.
Gracious and loving Lord, help me to live a life of obedient service for your sake. Amen. — KBL