Posted by: livingscripture | June 1, 2012

Eighth Friday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

                                                       (1Peter: 4-10)                                                                                                                                                                            

 

How should we live this Word

The first Christian community lived in expectancy of the joyous return of Christ which they deemed imminent. This expectancy shaped their life of faith, not as a flight from the present, taking refuge in a rosy future, but rather as a commitment that immersed them in daily life without however being encapsulated by it.  Moderation and sobriety did not extinguish their joy and enthusiasm for life and for love as gift.  In this light, the gifts of each one were discovered and valued.  They were very far from burying them with false humility.

Peter tells us that every gift is a call to place ourselves at the service of the community.  We have received it, not for boasting, but as a good entrusted to us so that we might use it wisely.  It does not belong to us, but to God.  He has granted it to us so that we would be able to contribute to the growth of the entire ecclesial body, of the community, of the family.  Therefore, it is a gift to be received with gratitude and trepidation, and used with humility and responsibility.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will consider the gifts God has given me and question myself on how I am using them for the service of others.

Thank You, Lord, for the beautiful qualities You have placed in my hands.  Help me to increase them so that I may place them at the service of others under the sign of fraternal communion. 

The voice of Kahlil Gibran, Poet 

You often say, ‘I want to give but only to those who deserve it.’  This is not what the trees of our orchard say, nor the animals we bring to pasture.  They give in order to live because to hold back would mean death.  Surely, humans who are worthy to receive their days and nights are worthy to receive something else from you.


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