March 3, 2021
St. Katharine Drexel
Dedication to Service
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Matthew 20:26-28

Today’s lesson on serving others can be found in the life of St. Katharine Drexel. Born into one of the wealthiest U.S. families of the 19th century, she could have lived an extravagant life inside the world of the rich and famous. The young heiress might have chosen to be a chief benefactor parsing out sizable donations to good causes. Yet her understanding of the Good News led to a different choice. St. Katharine dedicated her life to helping those most in need. Her outreach stretched across the country as she embraced the mission of education, most notably building schools for impoverished African American and Native American children. We are each born into different circumstances with a variety of gifts. Most of us are not wealthy, yet we have an equal opportunity to live out this lesson of service to others.


Jeremiah 18:18-20 • Psalm 31:5-6, 14-16 Matthew 20:17-28
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