Sunday, February 15, 2015

"To Do List"

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1

“Brothers and sisters, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God,” St Paul preaches in his letter to the Corinthians read today.

In whatever we do, from the daily routines of eating and drinking to the extraordinary choices we might make to share the love of God with those we encounter, we are called to do everything for the glory of God. 

How blessed are we, then, to live with awareness of our own giftedness and vocation, a time when we recognize the giftedness in each person we encounter?

“Churches must communicate the importance of the laity’s witness and service within the family and within the professional, social, political, and cultural life of society.  An effective parish will help its members make the connection between worship and work, liturgy and life in the family, community and workplace,” is an important statement on using one’s spiritual gifts from 1995 USCCB Document, Called and Gifted for the Third Millennium.

This holiness, this glory of God, is not simply for the ordained, the formal leaders of our parishes and of the Church, it is the call of the laity as well.   We are all called to live our gifts and to share them with others in everything we do, all day every day, as people who share in the life of Christ.

Choose some reminders this week, some visible signs to remind yourself, you are called to make connections between worship and work, between what we hear in these liturgical readings and how we live in our families, communities, and workplaces.  Mark your calendar, or leave a note on the bathroom cabinet to remind yourself, your charisms give glory to God in every choice you make, “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do” each day.

How will you allow your spiritual gifts to bring the joyous and Good News of Jesus Christ to life in your part of creation today? And, all week long? 

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