You just heard a one sentence summary of the mission of Jesus Christ. You heard him saying to the Twelve: "For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." "Many" means "all," the entire human race; the "Son of Man" is a messianic title, an expression that occurs seventy times in the Synoptic Gospels; in every case, Jesus applies the title to himself. It is precisely as Son of Man, a title that emphasizes his humanity, that Jesus suffers and dies. That title puts him close to you. "The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." If you want to understand Christ, you have to understand service. If you are interested in salvation, you have to be interested in service. If you want to be like Christ, you have to be concerned about serving, not being served. With that been said, I want to say that many of you showed the spirit of service during our Pachanga. Last weekend was a beautiful opportunity where many of you took to heart the words of the Gospel, to serve others. I want to thank the entirely community of St. Albert the Great for an awesome Pachanga. There are so many of you who helped in many ways, to you all thank you. Special thanks to our Pachanga chair and co-chair: Erlinda Portillo and Christina Kelley for organizing all the events of the Pachanga. They put a lot of time and effort into it. May God bless them and you all for your hard work.
Fr. Alex Ureña