Sunday's Gospel reading was taken from Mark, Chapter 9:
They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, he began to ask them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they remained silent. They had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest. Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”The priest, an African-American man with a rich deep voice, gave a lovely homily expounding upon what it means to act in service to one another, to be a servant. To be great, he said, is not to think of yourself and your own desires less: to be great is to not think of yourself at all.
And then at Communion, the priest saw this same elderly couple approach the altar, and he motion to them to stop, and rushed up the aisle to meet them both, gave them communion, and directed the crowd to stand aside so they could return to their pews without walking all around the church. He then returned to the altar and distributed communion to the rest of the congregation.
To be the servant of all.