Today's Gospel ends with Jesus telling us: "The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted."
St. Paschasius Radbertus, in his Commentary on Matthew, tells us:
"Those who canvas for positions of honor are the ones who exalt themselves; those who delight in serving and caring for others are those who humble themselves so as to be exalted by God.. Anyone therefore who wants to be Christ's disciple must hasten to learn the lesson he professes to teach, for a perfect disciple will be like his master. Otherwise, to learn the master's lesson, far from being a master himself, he will not even be a disciple."
Do I delight in serving and caring for others? Jesus did, but Jesus also went apart and spent time in prayer after being with people.
We need both the time alone with God and the time we find God in serving others.