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WHO ARE THESE MEN?
Did you guess who these men were?
The first reading from Acts of the Apostles gives the answer.
Deacons were selected to help with the mission of the Church. This mission from the very beginning was to go out to others. It was not just prayer, but to make Christ present to other through service.
In the first letter of Peter in the second reading, we hear that Christ is the cornerstone. We can look at our own life and see how, like the first Deacons of the Church, we too, are called to serve others.
I can clearly remember when I was ordained as a transitional deacon, what a priveldge it was to server the food to my seminarian bothers. What a joy to clear the tables and do the dishes. But then as time went on, it became a hard, unpleasant task. Certain this is not what Christ mean. Surely this was not the cornerstone.
Ah, but yes it was and is. Service to others is important. It makes Christ present. Not just service with activity, but serving by listening to others, especially to those who try our patience. It means serving with compassion and mercy even to those who do not deserve it. It means serving other by praying that God bless them and give them everything that will lead them to eternal life.
In the Gospel, John tells of Jesus talking to the Apostles at the Last Supper. They still have not realized how the Messiah works. They believe He will overcome all the worldly problems. He will be a political leader. Until after the Resurrection, they don't understand. It was the suffering, death, and Resurrection that would conquer the death of the world, SIN.
Though our Baptism, we are a part of that call. We are to make Christ present to others, certainly with prayer and words, but also in service. This week take a look at all the opportunity you will have to serve, especially in things you don't want to do or times you don't want togo out of your way.
Christ has shown us that what appears to the world as failure is the Cornerstone of salvation.
Courage! There will be times we will fail in serving others, in praying for others, etc. But the important things is that we recognize our failure, our sins. Christ, again and again, gives us the courage to pick ourselves up and begin again. Don't give up. Start again and again until our death.
Christ is Risen, Alleluia