Today’s reading from the epilogue of Paul’s letter to the Romans presents the attitude to be adopted when ministering as a disciple of Christ. Paul professes…the priestly service of the gospel of God…because of the grace given to him by God. He explains…“In Christ Jesus then, I have reason to boast in what pertains to God. For I will not dare to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to lead the Gentiles [nonbelievers] to obedience in word and deed by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God” (Rom 15:14-21).
A friend recently shared with me that she believed I was addicted to giving. Her challenge was a gift and a call to look at service to others in a new way. I began to assess how I perceived ministry, the works associated with it, my motives, and the source of the strength that sustains me. While prayer and the Eucharist have been a source of personal strength and a means of staying focused on God’s message, I realized that I need longer periods of time to be with God in the silence when I am at my busiest. That enables surrender to the gift of the Holy Spirit, and allows the love of God to inspire the growth of that same Spirit in others.
At each eucharistic celebration we participate in the mystery of the Incarnation. Through the power of the Holy Spirit the gifts of bread and wine are transformed into flesh—the body and blood of Christ. We are reminded that Jesus becomes one with us when we receive him into our very being.
Reflect on the ways you are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and are more freely enabled to live the Eucharist in loving service.
Let Us Pray:
Almighty and merciful God by whose gift your faithful offer you right and praiseworthy service, grant we pray, that we may hasten without stumbling to receive the things you have promised. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. (Collect for Friday of the Thirty First week in Ordinary Time)
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)