Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But it is to fulfill the scripture, ‘The one who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ I tell you this now, before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am he. Very truly, I tell you, whoever receives one whom I send receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States.
We hear in today’s Gospel the inner logic of the Christian life. Jesus says it is a game of “follow the leader,” a leadership chain that ends not with a merely human leader, but with the God-man and God the Father who created man.
Everything in life ought to point to Christ. Not only our thoughts, actions, and words, but our institutions, political systems, culture, and entertainment should reflect Christ’s brilliance, convey Christ’s Truth, and help us follow in Christ’s footsteps. A cursory glance at our world reveals that we have strayed far from that path.
Jesus offers us antidotes at the Last Supper. Along with the Eucharist and the Holy Spirit, Jesus establishes an apostolic church to spread his Word and administer his grace. We ought to continually pray for fidelity to Christ and his Body on Earth, the Church, trusting that she will lead us along his path.
—Sam McGrath is a 9th grade Theology teacher at Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank you for giving us your Only Son.
We thank him for the price he paid and the victory he won.
We pray that with heavenly food we will be fed,
And that along the path of righteousness we will be led.
We humbly ask for your love and the grace
To recognize Christ in our hearts and a stranger’s face.
Have mercy on us when we falter,
And grant that we desire most what’s on the altar.
Be with us until the end of our days,
Which we will fill with prayer, piety, and praise.