Prayer and Service

Tuesday in Holy Week   11th April
 
Matthew 25:40
When did we see you hungry and feed you,
naked and clothe you, sick and visit you?
And the King will answer them:
When you did it for the least
of my brothers and sisters you did it for me.

God does not notice the nature of good works in themselves,
only the love, devotion, and spirit that is in them.
– Meister Eckhart

On Maundy Thursday
we remember how Jesus, at the last supper,
did what would normally have been done by a servant;
he took a bowl of water and a towel,
and went to each of his disciples in turn and washed their feet.
It was not so much the fact that Jesus took the servants role
and washed their feet, but that he did it without fuss,
without looking to be noticed, not looking for thanks;
that he did out of pure love,
as an offering of prayer for each of them.
Throughout these Lenten reflections, I have tried to emphasise
that prayer is not just something we do,
but a way of living, it is an attitude towards life.
True service is done prayerfully,
it is an act of worship, an offering of love to God.
True service is recognising the presence of Christ
in each other and responding to it prayerfully.
“When did we see you hungry and feed you,
naked and clothe you, sick and visit you?”
“When you did it for the least
of my brothers and sisters you did it for me.”
Living prayerfully is about recognising all our daily tasks
and responsibilities as an act of prayer,
as an offering of love, worship, and service to God.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta writes:
 
In this life we cannot do great things;
we can only do small things with great love.
It is not how much we do
but how much love we put into the doing.
And it is not how much we give
but how much love we put into the giving.
To God there is nothing small.