Jesus Christ lived a life of love, service and sacrifice. He helped those who suffered from injustice, and he died to redeem us from sin. The son of God set the example of service for us. Therefore, we must try hard to imitate Him in a world that has turned away from God.
Service to others is not so easy because pride and the desire of greatness blind us completely, and we forget how to serve each other with love and joy. If our life is like a tree without good fruits, we need to repent and immediately reconcile with our Creator. God will forgive us our sin because He is never tired of showing us His mercy. With God’s grace we can be a servant, a helper, an angel to each other throughout our acts of love and service.
Lent is an opportunity to shine before God with our fruits of service. If we pray with a humble heart, God will reveal to us who needs to be served and He will help us to do it. It is very rewarding to see how a small act of service contributes to a spiritual blooming not only in our own live but also in the lives of the needy!
Service to others will make us to be the first in the kingdom of God; hence, while we are in this world we need to be like the angels in heaven who are always in God’s presence ready to assist Him. Let us keep in mind that Jesus said: “… whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave.”
May the most Holy Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph help us to be always willing to do the holy will of God.
For spiritual growth, I encourage you to read and meditate the following beautiful prayer “Radiating Christ” composed by Blessed John Henry Newman:
|“Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Yours. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Your presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus! Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine, so to shine as to be a light to others; the light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be mine: it will be You shining on others through me. Let me thus praise You in the way You love best: by shining on those around me. Let me preach You without preaching, not by words, but by my example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do, the evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You”|