“Jesus called them together and said, ‘For even I, the Messiah, came not to be served but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many’ ” (paraphrase of Mark 10:42,45).
Jesus’ ministry was dedicated to service. He healed, he taught, he formed, and he loved. He demonstrated God’s deep caring for all people; in listening to their concerns and in reaching out to them in whatever way was appropriate for their particular situation.
We are called to serve our neighbor in many, many ways. As a diocesan family, we join together to serve those in our own communities of all sizes. We are called to serve those with whom we live, work, go to church, volunteer, as well as those persons who live outside our comfortable boundaries just as Jesus himself reached out to those on the margins of society.
The 2015 diocesan theme “Called to Serve” reminds us of our mission. In this community of faith, ministry opportunities abound and continue to be formed so that each one of us can serve. In community we are challenged to fulfill our call to serve, to reach beyond ourselves and leave behind our own desires: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves” (Philippians 2.3).
This is the gift of a community of faith – a gift of unconditional love. At the 111th Diocesan Council and throughout the year, we will explore how we are called to share that with others.