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  • Servants of the Lord

      

    1 Corinthians 9:19-27

    19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law,[c] that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God,[d] but under law toward Christ[e]), that I might win those who are without law;22 to the weak I became as[f] weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.

    24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

    Even though St. Paul was humble in serving and leading others, he still made sure to fight the good fight on his own.  It is essential to practice what we preach, so that we do not put a stumbling block in the path of those who are weaker than us.  If we tell them to have faith, we also must have faith.  If we tell them to keep to their spiritual routine, we also must keep to our spiritual routine.  We all run in this race together.

    What things do you advise others to do that you yourself do not do?

    God,

    I admit I am weak, yet You have admitted me into Your service.  Help me not to be a stumbling block for Your children.  Give me the ability to obey the same teachings I give them, so that we can all confidently be present before Your throne on the last day.

  • The Commemoration of the Departure of Saint Euphemia

     

    Matthew 25:1-10

    25 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

    “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

    Are you ready to leave earth at any moment?  Are you all packed up and ready to go for when Christ calls you home?  We are on a journey that is a little long, but we must always remember that our destination is heaven.  We must not stop on the road and become entangled with the affairs of this life.  They are all passing and will not be remembered anymore.  We must not become attached to people or things.  Our spirit needs to be free for when her Bridegroom arrives.

    How ready are you now to leave behind your earthly life?

    Lord,

    Give me from the spirit of St. Euphemia.  One day she saw some of your holy martyrs suffering, was filled with zeal, and she immediately rebuked the governor, telling him words that got her killed.  She did not get a chance to go home and say goodbye to her family, or sell her belongings, or even to contemplate on her life.  She was already prepared to be with You.  Give me from that spirit, so that anytime you call me, I can freely go. 

  • Servants of the Lord


     

    Galatians 1:8-17

     But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

    10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

    11 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.

    13 For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. 14 And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.

    15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, 16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.

    As a servant, it’s not about me. Rather, it’s about the Kingdom of God.  This requires me to serve with all humility, not desiring any attention or approval for myself.  I need to not get puffed up, lest while showing others the way, I stray off of it.  God is our only light and He is the strength of everyone, including the servant.

    How does St. Paul show humility in the passage above? 

    Lord,

    I want to be a humble servant.  One who does not ask for rights or attention.  Give me the strength in my soul and spirit to serve quietly and with love, only desiring for others to enter Your Kingdom.  Amen.

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