“Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
– Matthew 20:28
At both the beginning of his life and at the end, Jesus was referred to as the King of the Jews (or of the Judeans).
But “king” is not a title that Jesus ever claimed. Jesus clarified this by saying:
“For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines? But I am among you as the One who serves.”
And Jesus certainly was unlike any king ever. For unlike all human kings, Jesus lived his life in service to others – not to be served by them.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Monday, Pope Francis advised the crowd to dedicate their lives in service to others as did Jesus Christ.
The epiphany celebration is one that recalls the journey of the Magi (also called three kings or three wise men) who brought gifts to the baby Jesus.
In his speech, the Pope said that Christians should reject the “God of money.”
Jesus also warned about pursuing money:
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
– Matthew 6:24
In one of the most important Bible verses about faith, Jesus’ message is clear. The pursuit of money and the pursuit of righteousness through serving God are incompatible.
The Pope urged Christians to forgo the pursuit of money, consumerism, pleasure, success, and self.
Francis told the faithful to concentrate on the essentials of life. He called on followers to reject what he called “useless things and addictions.” The Pope said these things numb hearts and confuse minds.
The Pope said Christians should focus on serving others, aiding those who are suffering on the margins of life, adding that Jesus is present in those people.
“Faith is not simply a set of fine doctrines,” Pope Francis said, but a call to love God.