May 26, 2021

Each day, I reflect upon a word or phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

“Hear the prayer of your servants, for you are ever gracious to your people; and lead us in the way of justice.” (Sirach 36:10-17)

SERVANTS: We hear it over and over again throughout Scripture: We are called to serve others. There is no mistaking that very clear message. If words are not enough, Jesus lived it for us. God, in His human form, got down on His knees and washed the feet of His disciples. Pretty direct message, don’t you think?

Unfortunately, the world sends us a much different message. It is a world focused on fulfilling our own needs. It is a world which calls us to seek immediate gratification. It is a me-centered world, where power and possessions are the measure of our success.

God gave us free will. We have a choice on how we live our lives.

Serving others should be part of our daily lives, not just something we do on a mission trip or after an earthquake. We serve when we treat others with love and tolerance. We serve when we consider the impact of our actions on others. We serve when we spread the Gospel message in word and deed.

We serve when we follow the example of Jesus.

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