People must think of us as Christ’s servants, stewards entrusted with the mysteries of God. What is expected of stewards is that each one should be found worthy of his trust. Not that it makes the slightest difference to me whether you, or indeed any human tribunal, find me worthy or not. I will not even pass judgement on myself. True, my conscience does not reproach me at all, but that does not prove that I am acquitted: the Lord alone is my judge. There must be no passing of premature judgement. Leave that until the Lord comes; he will light up all that is hidden in the dark and reveal the secret intentions of men’s hearts. Then will be the time for each one to have whatever praise he deserves, from God.
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
The reading above is the second reading on Sunday, the 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time.
Paul, who rejoiced in the freedom he received in Christ, speaks of the call to service that is also his joy.
In service we make some return to God, share the goodness of God with others. It matters not whether we are called to provide service small or great; whether it is appreciated by others or not. What matters is that we are ready and able to serve … as Christ for Christ.
- Note how you are ready or hesitant to serve today.
- Notice how Christ serves you today.
Detail from Doors to St Peter’s Basilica, Rome. (c) 2016, Rome.