Called to Service

Called to Service

In an era of Catholicism in which catchphrases such as “called to serve” have been overused to the point of becoming clichés, we risk forgetting how central service is to the Christian life. The minutes of our lives are consumed in an incessant cascade of apparently important and urgent things to do. Doesn’t it happen, however, that in the midst of all this we actually miss any number of opportunities to serve?

Called to service, sure, but we miss the call!

And our service gets sidelined. If service to my brothers and sisters is not an ordinary element of my daily life as a Christian, I can be sure that I have succumbed to self-deception or taken a critically wrong turn somewhere. We are called to give ourselves unreservedly to others as a “a continuation of Christ." For truly, if our Christian service is not an extension of Jesus’ love, if we are not giving him to others, if those whom we serve are not discovering him in us, then our service is simply not service. Like John the Baptist, we must become less so that Jesus can become more in us, so that our brothers and sisters are not cheated out of encountering that Christ whom they secretly long to discover in each of us.

What exactly does "Service" means?  Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is my daily life characterized by a concern for the genuine good of others and by a readiness to do all the good I can for my brothers and sisters?
  • Do I actually engage in daily acts of service, whether big or small?
  • Do I examine myself frequently on the sin of omission?
  • Do I strive, in carrying out the ordinary service required by my state in life, to do so with extraordinary deliberateness and full, conscious self-giving?

We hope that each answer is "yes!"

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