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Christ, a different Master (2)

In the previous week we have seen how our Lord has nothing to do with the masters of the world. Now, let us have a look at some more differences between the Lord and the other masters.

·         The masters of this world oppress whoever they can:

“You know that among the Gentiles the rulers lord it over them, and great men make their authority felt” (Mt 20:25).

This was not the way Christ followed, for He did not come “to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mt 20:28). And He taught that the way for His disciples and servants was not one of domination of their neighbor, but one of service: “Among you this is not to happen. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be the first among you must be your slave” (Mt 20:26-27).

·         The masters of this world extol and lift up themselves, the way Satan, carried out by his pride exclaims: “I shall scale the heavens; higher than the stars of God I shall set my throne. I shall sit on the Mount of Assembly far away to the north. I shall climb high above the clouds, I shall rival the Most High” (Is 14:13-14).

Notwithstanding, Christ, being God, emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming as human beings are; and being in every way like a human being, he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross” (Phil 2:7-8). One more manifestation of His humility we can appreciate when He washes the feet of His disciples: “They were at the supper… and he got up from the table, removed his outer garment and, taking a towel, wrapped it around his waist; he then poured water in a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe with the towel he was wearing” (Jn 13:2-5). Usually the slaves were the ones who washed the feet of the guests, but as there were no servants to assume this role, Jesus took advantage of the occasion to teach a lesson in humility and selfless service.

·         The masters of this world cannot gaze further than their navel, nor are they capable of sharing the most valuable with other people, especially if they are of “inferior condition”.

But Jesus Christ the Lord, shares His life with His disciples, to whom He reveals all that the Father has made known to Him, calling them friends: “I shall no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business; I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I learnt from my Father” (Jn 15:15).

·         The masters of this world, if they can do it, enslave and oppress their victims, to have them submitted as far as possible as to satisfy their selfishness.

Notwithstanding, our Lord Jesus Christ leaves us free to live in submission to Him or not: “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine…” (Lk 9:23). He does not compel anyone to follow Him as He does not want to be loved and served out of compulsion, but out of love –and if we want to follow Him, it is He who sets the directions on how we have to do it, of course-. And despite of knowing that only by serving Him we are truly free, He allows us to opt to serve Him or not. In such a way the Lord shows a great love and respect for each man.

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