Saturday, February 07, 2015

Share in It

By Rev. Joe McCloskey, SJ

Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery?  Are not his days those of hirelings?  He is a slave who longs for the shade, a hireling who waits for his wages.  So I have been assigned months of misery, and troubled nights have been allotted to me.  Job 7:1-3

Although I am free in regard to all, I have made myself a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible.  To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak.  I have become all things to all, to save at least some.  All this I do for the sake of the gospel, so that I too may have a share in it.  1 Corinthians 9:19, 22-23

On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.  Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.  They immediately told him about her.  He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.  Then the fever left her and she waited on them.  Mark 1:29-31

Piety is what makes our lives worthwhile.  It gives spice and icing to what we are about for the Lord.  It is the source of the happiness and the peace we have in what we are about for the sake of the Lord.  Job when all the extras of life were taken away from him felt miserable about his life.  He felt like a hireling waiting for what was his due.  With all the blessings of life that are family and friends gone he felt bereft because he had no externals to show that his life was special to anyone.  Even his three friends were berating him for the something bad he must have done to be treated so badly by God.  He felt that his life was like the wind.  He felt blown around by all the forces of evil.  He had nothing to show for himself.  All the forces of evil seemed to be falling upon him.  In his desolation his friends would not allow him to rejoice in his awareness of living a good life for God.

Paul talks about himself as a slave to all.  His preaching of the gospel was an obligation imposed on him by the call of Christ.  How we study what we do to make certain that what we do is done out of love of God who called us!  If we do it as an obligation, how is what we do an expression of the love of God within us.  We study how to make our lives into an expression of Christ who was the good news of god’s love for us.  WE TRY TO MAKE OURSELVES A SLAVE OF ALL THAT WHAT WE DO MIGHT BE MORE THAN IS ASKED OF US.  WE ARE FREE WHEN WE DO MORE THAN WHAT IS ASKED OF US SINCE WHAT WE DO is more than what is asked and IS NOT EXPECTED.

We try to heal the brokenhearted that we might be like Christ.  We do our best to offer our services that we too might be the good news of God’s love in the world.  We acknowledge our weakness that the strength of God might be seen in us.  We try to do something for everyone that we might have done something for each one in the name of Christ.  We do our best for the sake of the gospel so that in becoming all things to all, we may at least save some of the people we serve for the sake of the Gospel.  When we go off by ourselves to pray that our ministry might be the work of Christ in us, we imitate Christ.  We do all for the sake of the gospel that we might have a share in it.  We try to go wherever we are needed that like Christ we might extend the kingdom of God.  Thus, we can say that we no longer live, but Christ lives in us.

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