Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Thought

“You younger people, submit yourselves to your elders.  Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble’.  Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:5-7

Our duty to one another is clear according to St. Peter.  We are to serve one another intentionally and deliberately, not incidentally or according to what we may or may not feel like doing.  To be “submissive” is not to be misunderstood (as is often the case) as “strict obedience” but rather as “humble service” in the name of our Lord.  We do for others in order to glorify our Lord, to show that we believe Jesus’ lessons in humility and service to one another and embrace the reality that, like Jesus, we will be “exalted in due time”; that is, in our Holy Father’s time.  We wait our turn, trusting that “casting our care upon Him” will reap plenty for us as we have genuine need and as the Lord sees fit.

Imagine a world in which we look after one another above pursuing our own desires, believing that “as we sow, so shall we reap”.  Investing in one another is investing in the might of the Holy Church, the Body of Christ; for this is where Eternal Life is found.  We are kingdom-builders.  So let us build.


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