As you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments and allow yourself to grow still. Let go of any distracting thoughts. Take several slow, deep breaths. Become aware of God's unconditional love for you.
"For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."
Jesus very clearly contrasts his leadership with that of other leaders. The key to his leadership is service. His whole ministry was focused on serving those in need, especially the poor or sick. Jesus brought life to those who were healed, as well as to those who witnessed it. Jesus' ministry found its full expression on the cross. Every time we make the Sign of the Cross, we are reminded of the depth of love Jesus demonstrated and to which we are called.
How might I express Jesus' call to loving service more fully in my life?
Who are those who have served me over the years in Jesus' name?
(Pray to Jesus, using these words or words of your own.)
Jesus, source of life and salvation, you showed us how to serve when you washed the feet of your disciples. Keep reminding me to put my time and talent at the service of others.