Jesus, our great high priest, bridges the gap between Heaven and earth through his divinity and humanity. As the Son of God he has the power to make a sacrifice for the salvation of the world; as the Son of Mary he meets us in our human weakness and struggle. May we turn to our Savior for the strength we need!
The Gospel parable today raises the challenging question, “What are we doing with our lives?” We have been given so much, how do our lives proclaim the great chorus of Heaven – Holy, holy, holy Lord God of hosts!
The death of John the Baptist makes it clear that in no uncertain terms there is a price for following the Lord. Our “yes” to God means that we will follow a path where sacrifice will be part of the offering of our lives.
To say “I serve the Lord” has tremendous implications for our understanding and action. Recognizing Jesus as our Lord, we configure every aspect of our lives to him as our daily actions and interactions are infused with his grace.
The Gospel reading makes it clear that all of us will be judged according to what we have been given in this life. Our invitation? To take stock of the gifts and talents we have and make something special for the glory of God.
Jesus addresses a teachable moment when he explains that glory in Heaven comes from offering one’s life in charity and service. James and John will drink from the cup of of Christ, reminding us that every time we offer our lives for others we follow the example of Christ.
We are called to be a “living stone” in the hands of the Lord. Purchased by the blood of Christ, our lives are precious – worthy not only of redemption but as an offering through which God can transform and create something dynamic and new. May we offer our lives today and recognize in our sisters and brothers the beauty of their souls.