Study: What particular gifts or talents do I possess? What comes naturally to me – that I am good at and enjoy doing?
Pray: Ask the Lord how you might be called or invited to share your skills and talents.
Serve: Look around. Where do you see an opportunity where you might make a unique contribution? How can you make a difference today with the time, talents, and skills that the Lord has given you?
I am fascinated watching people who enjoy using tools for work projects. Carpenters, plumbers, mechanics, craftsmen, and amateurs – all seem to derive great satisfaction using the right tool for a particular task.
Tools are interesting, allowing us to do work that we would be unable to achieve by our ability or skill. Three points surface when we talk about tools in a practical context:
1. Each has a specific function & task.
2. A tool often works in cooperation with others.
3. A tool is only good when it is used.
Simply put, tools have a purpose, and when they are used correctly for that purpose they provide meaning and aid. Tools enhance the quality of life, and they enable work that would not have otherwise been accomplished.
In the Scriptures today we discover that we are God’s tools, called to act in the world to help others in their time of need. The first reading uses direct action words (SHARE, CLOTHE, SHELTER) to show that God desires that we intentionally reach out to the people around us.
In the Gospel we are invited to let our actions shine so that others may see them and give glory to God. In this way our actions bring the love and power of Jesus Christ into the world; we become the Lord’s tools to spread the Good News.
Yet just as tools have different purposes, so to different people have unique abilities. With all our different skills and talents we can ask, “What kind of tool has the Lord made me to be?” This question helps us discover our special qualities.
Once we know what we have to offer, we can ask, “What can I do?” Every day we have opportunities to make the world a better place. Using our unique gifts we can bring Christ to one another.
A tool makes sense when it is used properly. We are made in God’s likeness to live the command of love. May we put our lives to work as we act with the abilities we possess. In this way our light will shine for all to see and give glory to Jesus Christ.