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you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.


REFLECTION:


Jesus deliberately chose a model that caused his apostles to change the way they understood the role of teacher in Israel. He stripped the role of teacher of all the trappings of power and prestige. He demonstrated that to be a respected teacher meant getting one’s hands dirty in the service of others.


In this passage Jesus teaches us that ministry demands that we identify the needs of the community and respond to those needs. It means that we have to be alert to the practical needs of real people. Jesus demands that his disciples follow his example. Blessed are those who understand his teaching about ministry and implement it. Blessed are those who are able and willing to meet the needs of others with joy and love in their hearts.


QUESTIONS: (Limit response to one page per question).


How do we convince people that they truly have gifts that need to shared with others in the community? What does it mean that Jesus uses a model for ministry? How do you identify people who have the potential to be ministers?


CHAPTER TWO


MINISTRY IN ACTION ORDER BEGINS IN THE


TRINITY Jn 8: 28-29


The service of order is a necessary, foundational element in the Church. Order has its roots in the


activity of the Trinity. In the inner life of the Trinity the Father’s communication is the Son. The Spirit guarantees the truth of the communication. When God chooses to communicate outside the Trinity the communication is Jesus the Christ. The Spirit verifies this communication among the Father, Jesus, and us. The observable order is that the Father initiates the communication, the Son is the communication, and the Spirit verifies the communication.


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