A Shepherd Serving His Sheep

everyday stewardship

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Over the years we have had many great social events in parish community. We have had socials for New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Valentine’s Day, and so many more. It seems we will use any excuse to have a party and enjoy each other’s company. And for more than the last decade, my pastor has been present at most of these events. What always tickles me is to see him in his clerics going around with a tray of entrees or desserts as he seeks to serve his parishioners. We have joked that his clothing does resemble that of a waiter in a fine restaurant. The only difference is no tips! Sorry, Monsignor.

To see a shepherd serve his sheep causes me to reflect on how we are all called to serve one another. We are called to a life of humility and service, giving of ourselves for the greater glory of God. When we seek to serve our brothers and sisters, the Jesus in us meets the Jesus in them.

In our everyday lives we can find ways of serving others if we are mindful of the opportunities all around us. We must never fall into the trap of seeing others in terms of “us and them.” In Christ, there is only us. In Christ, there is no Greek or Jew, servant nor free. We are one. On this day, who will God place on your path for you to serve? Don’t be fooled into thinking that all calls are for something grand. Sometimes, even a little dessert might be all it takes to show someone they are loved.