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
This reading the second reading at Mass yesterday, calls us to be servants of Christ. In so being we imitate the Lord who comes to us as servant.
On Wednesday we begin the season of Lent, a season offered to us that we might be helped to deepen our relationship with Jesus and indeed become more like him, and closer to him.
He comes to us to heal us, and restore us to fullness of life.
One sign of our being restored to life is our ability in our turn to reach out to others in need, and minister to them.
Pass it on, and grow in it…
Detail from windows depicting the healing of the Centurion’s servant. Stafford parish church. (c) 2016, Stafford.