Sun 24 Feb, 2013
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Christ, Lent, Master
Who do you call “master?”
In life we have many “masters” of one degree or another. Our alarm clock seems to master the time we rise in the morning. An employer decides what you do and where you work. A pet masters his owner when it is feeding and walking times. If you are a minor (not yet independent of your parents’ home or support) your parents pretty much reign supreme over not only what you do but also with whom, where and for how long. If you are married your spouse is a master, a gentle and loving one albeit. And, if you have children, they are masterfully brilliant in letting you know they are hungry, tired, bored or in need of the newest coolest gadget or piece of clothing. Yes, all of these are masters in one sense but not the Master in the most real way.
Drawing our attention to the spiritual realm, who masters our life, our inner life, our heart? This Sunday we hear Jesus being called ‘master’ by Peter (Lk 9:33). It was a title of respect and honor. It also holds a tone of servitude.
What better person to call Master than Jesus? He was sage and knew the Hebrew Scriptures intimately yet was not pompous. He was the suffering servant about whom Isaiah speaks. His specialty was and is loving and serving his heavenly Father by loving and serving us his brothers and sisters.
Jesus continues to be the good shepherd and head of the Christian church showing us the way to eternal life through the cross. His wisdom made him stand out among others because his guidance was true and is still true today. He is the one true master of all Christians who desire eternal life and seek it wholeheartedly. In all of this, those who cling to Jesus are able to master lesser things in order to serve the Master of all things.
May we take time and give ourselves space to hear what Jesus is calling us to and know that it is good to be wherever our Master leads us.