If technology remained in the service of what is higher than itself — reason, man, God — it might indeed fulfill some of the functions that are now mythically attributed to it. But becoming autonomous, existing only for itself, it imposes upon man its own irrational demands, and threatens to destroy him. Let us hope it is not too late for man to regain control.
There is probably no culture in which people are so unabashedly encouraged to seek power as ours. From the moment we set out on our climb to the top we make ourselves believe that striving for power and wanting to be of service are, for all practical purposes, the same thing. This fallacy is so deeply ingrained in our whole way of living that we do not hesitate to strive for influential positions in the conviction that we do so for the good of the Reign of God …. But the mystery of our ministry is that we are called to serve not with our power but with our powerlessness. lt is through powerlessness that we can enter into solidarity with our fellow human beings, form a community with the weak, and thus reveal the healing, guiding, and sustaining mercy of God.
God still calls us today to bear witness to Jesus through acts of generosity and loving service that are in line with our circumstances. We have to be willing to let God make us uncomfortable!!!! We have to say, “God, here are my plans, take the wheel of my life.” If we truly let God take the wheel and dare to serve others, God won’t leave us in need either.
Christians ought to fulfill their temporal obligations with fidelity and competence. They should act as a leaven in the world, in their family, professional, social, cultural and political life. They must accept their responsibilities in this entire area under the influence of the Gospel and the teaching of the Church. In this way they testify to the power of the Holy Spirit through their action in the service of people in those things which are decisive for the existence and the future of humanity.
It is therefore quite clear that all Christians in any state or walk of life are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of love, and by this holiness a more human manner of life is fostered also in earthly society. In order to reach this perfection the faithful should use the strength dealt out to them by Christ’s gift, so that, following in his footsteps and conformed to his image, doing the will of God in everything, they may wholeheartedly devote themselves to the glory God and to the service of their neighbor.
One of the most vivid pictures of servant leadership we have is the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. Our God—our father, teacher, creator, leader—got down on His hands and knees and washed the dirt off of the disciples’ feet. Talk about a job that is not very glamorous. Yet, in this act of service, Jesus provides a beautiful example of what servant leadership looks like. Our God literally and figuratively positioned Himself below those he was serving, showing us that we are called to humbly put aside our pride and our desires and place the needs of others above our own. This is sometimes going to mean doing jobs that to us seem menial and pointless. But, when we become true servants to others, we don’t focus on what we think another person or community needs. We empathetically listen to what others need, and then humbly use our own abilities and skills to work alongside them to meet their goals, whether what they need is a new school to be built or trash to be picked up from their community park.
~ Claire McGrath, “Serving On Our Hands and Knees”, Catholic How
If we wish to serve God and love our neighbor well, we must manifest our joy in the service we render to Him and them. Let us open wide our hearts. It is joy which invites us. Press forward and fear nothing.
~ St. Katherine Drexel
We are part of a world system that has always measured greatness in terms of power, but Jesus always measured greatness in terms of service.
~ Jen Hatmaker via IF: Gathering – Day 2