Tag: Service

He Came to Serve

He will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. Luke 12:37 As promised, in heaven, our triumphant and most glorious Lord Jesus will wait on us! Scholars call this the eschatological reversal. It is God serving his...

Relying on the Generosity of Those We Serve

A young man named Tom was a very skilled cabinet-maker, and after several years of working for a home-builder, he decided to go into business on his own. He loved fine woodcrafting, and because of his talent and dedication, he was sure he’d be...

Stumbling Blocks

Despite contrary feelings or inclinations toward prayer, we pray. Prayer is more powerful when we pray even though we would rather do something else. At times, praying morning prayer at an early hour may be annoying. We would rather sleep in, relax...

Prayer and Service

Although prayer and service have many splendors within Christianity, one cannot exist without the other. Prayer is spiritual respiration to the soul, which oxygenates Christian service. Pope John XXIII said, “Perfume all your actions with the life...

Truly Great in His Eyes

A minister serving as pastor for a small Protestant congregation was visited one afternoon by two missionaries from the local Evangelical church. The visitors boasted about how their religion was based on the promises of Jesus that His followers...

The Call to Serve

The readings for our Eucharistic celebration on the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time offer a clear suggestion which is as great as it is unusual. It is the call to serve each other and to give our life in ransom for many. Unless we were ever held for...

Here is My Servant

After countless times reading and re-reading the Holy Scripture over nearly the five decades of my ministerial priesthood, only a few days ago, it dawned on me that, alas, we have ignored lots of God’s promises because, at the time we read them...

The Blood of Christ is the Source of Genuine Service

The month of July is traditionally associated with the Blood of Christ. This feast powerfully reminds us of Christ’s humanity. The Precious Blood of Jesus’ tradition within the Catholic world goes back to roughly one hundred and seventy years ago...