When was the last time you offered yourself in the service of others? When we think of service, many first look to helping in a soup kitchen or giving in donations. However, this is not the only form of service that we can give. Maybe helping the spouse with some chores, surprising your neighbour by bringing them a coffee, or even doing your very best to put a smile on the face of a coworker that appears to be having a rough day. There are so many ways we can show service, yet do we incorporate our faith beliefs into this lifestyle, inspired to help people with joy, just for the sake of helping another person?
Today's Second Reading states:'For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins. Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, "Sacrifices and offerings thou hast not desired, but a body hast thou prepared for me;in burnt offerings and sin offerings thou hast taken no pleasure.Then I said, `Lo, I have come to do thy will, O God, 'as it is written of me in the roll of the book."When he said above, "Thou hast neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings" (these are offered according to the law),then he added, "Lo, I have come to do thy will." He abolishes the first in order to establish the second.And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all' (Hebrews 10:4-10).
In today's reading, we hear about how the body is the best form of sacrificial love, as we see through the gift of Jesus to the world through immaculate conception, and for the world through the cross and resurrection. In order to understand service, we need to look at Jesus' example for the world, as he bears the cross and brings redemption to all people. Take some time to consider areas in your life where you can be of service for other people, and for God. Ask God to help you be His servant, and mirror Christ in your life.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic Online', a prayer for faithfully serving God:
Father in Heaven, ever-living source of all that is good, keep me faithful in serving You. Help me to drink of Christ's Truth, and fill my heart with His Love so that I may serve You in faith and love and reach eternal life. In the Sacrament of the Eucharist You give me the joy of sharing Your Life. Keep me in Your presence. Let me never be separated from You and help me to do Your Will. Amen.