“Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Gospel reading: Matthew 20:17-28)
I used to be perplexed as to why Jesus, the “Son of God,” also referred Himself as “the Son of Man.” After reading today’s Gospel, however, it all makes much more sense. Jesus is our Son, too, because He has come to serve us!
Although we are called to serve Him as His disciples, to serve Him is our choice. Jesus came to love without demanding love in return. He gave us the free will to love Him and to follow Him.
Jesus would have still died for us even if not one soul would have loved and followed Him.
Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of Man, shows us that we are to live our lives belonging to God, to others, and lastly, to ourselves. Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of Man, shows us that men, too, are to pick up their crosses and follow Him.
Catholic twenty-somethings, in a society where everything revolves around serving ourselves, may we flip the “it’s all about me” mentality of our generation on its head. Like Jesus, may we always strive to serve others before serving ourselves. And may we most especially serve the least amongst us.
Like many of the greatest (and consequently, humblest!) saints, such as St. Faustina and St. Therese, let us always burn with a passionate desire to save souls. Let us remember that like Christ, the Son of Man, our lives are a ransom for many!