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Liturgical day: September 3rd: St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church

Gospel text (Lk 22,24-30): «I am among you as the one who serves». Then an argument broke out among them about which of them should be regarded as the greatest. He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them and those in authority over them are addressed as ‘Benefactors’; but among you it shall not be so. Rather, let the greatest among you be as the youngest, and the leader as the servant. For who is greater: the one seated at table or the one who serves? Is it not the one seated at table? I am among you as the one who serves. It is you who have stood by me in my trials; and I confer a kingdom on you, just as my Father has conferred one on me, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom; and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we are moved by the generosity and spirit of service of this great Pope, who, being young, became prefect (mayor) of Rome. Gregory stood out for order and discipline. He left that task to lead a monk's life, devoting himself to prayer with Christ and to reading the Bible. However, his love for God aroused his concern for caring for people. Chosen as bishop of Rome, Gregory worked for the defense of the city against the violent invasions of the Longobards. He sought peace and evangelization of the invaders. He also did the same at the European level. In addition, he organized the social assistance of many poor and hungry people, in the midst of that environment of invasions.

—Pope Gregory signed with the title of “servant of the servants”. Since then, the Roman pontiffs have used this title. All of us should imitate this willingness to serve our brothers!