Fifth Week of Lent

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The greatest among you will be your servant.  Matthew 23:11


(from 40 Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ron Klug—editor)

The service one should perform for another person in a Christian community is active helpfulness. To begin with, we have in mind simple assistance in minor, external matters. There are many such things wherever people live together. Nobody is too good for the lowest service. Those who worry about the loss of time entailed by such small, external acts of helpfulness are usually taking their own work too seriously. We must be ready to be interrupted by God, who will thwart our plans and frustrate our ways time and again, even daily, by sending people across our path with their demands and requests.


What are forms of “active helpfulness” that might take place in a community of faith?

How does taking their own work too seriously tempt people to undervalue the real needs of others?

Reflect on specific instances in which you were “interrupted by God” in the form of someone in need of help who crossed your path. What did you do? How did you feel about it?


Lord, as I go about my business today, don’t hesitate to interrupt me, and give me the grace to notice the interruption. May my community of faith be one where God is free to interrupt anyone at any time for the sake of someone in need. AMEN