“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”Romans 25:5-6
In today’s second reading, we are called to join forces, to be one with Christ. In other words, we are called to be at peace with one another to be united to one common goal – glorifying God.
What does that look like in our daily lives?
To me, this is kindness and service to each other and those in need of our help. This past week at work, we had a friendly competition between divisions at our campus for the county food drive. I was in charge of our group. Often what I heard as people gave me money to make a food run to the local grocery store was “it’s for a good cause.” It was a friendly competition and there was a little bit of competitiveness revealed but at the end of the week, it was a group of God’s children, generously giving to those less fortunate. The weekend prior, I also witnessed a similar call to the service of giving at my church as I participated in an “agape mission”. It seemed like every space on the campus was occupied with parishioners volunteering and preparing care and food packages for various organizations such as the local women’s shelter and Feed the Hunger.
These are just two examples, within a week, that I have had the beauty of witnessing the generosity and service of God’s people to help those less fortunate. It is this collaboration that magnifies the image of Christ within our community. It is through these efforts that we join forces, glorifying God, showing love, mercy and compassion to all of his children. This is our calling in some form – to act in kindness and to provide service through our gifts and talents.
I invite you this week to look for opportunities to work with those around you and be Christ to someone else or a group of individuals in need of love, comfort, food and/or shelter.