I’M JUST DYING TO SERVE JESUS

Friday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 363


Reading 1 2 COR 4:7-15
Brothers and sisters:

We hold this treasure in earthen vessels, 

that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.

We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;

perplexed, but not driven to despair;

persecuted, but not abandoned;

struck down, but not destroyed;

always carrying about in the Body the dying of Jesus,

so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.

For we who live are constantly being given up to death

for the sake of Jesus,

so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
So death is at work in us, but life in you.

Since, then, we have the same spirit of faith,

according to what is written, “I believed, therefore I spoke,”

we too believe and therefore speak, 

knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus

will raise us also with Jesus

and place us with you in his presence.

Everything indeed is for you,

so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people

may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.

Responsorial Psalm PS 116:10-11, 15-16, 17-18
R. (17a) To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.

or:

R. Alleluia.

I believed, even when I said,

“I am greatly afflicted”;

I said in my alarm,

“No man is dependable.” 

R. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.

or:

R. Alleluia.

Precious in the eyes of the LORD

is the death of his faithful ones.

O LORD, I am your servant;

I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;

you have loosed my bonds.

R. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.

or:

R. Alleluia.

To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,

and I will call upon the name of the LORD.

My vows to the LORD I will pay

in the presence of all his people. 

R. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.

or:

R. Alleluia.

Alleluia PHIL 2:15D, 16A
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Shine like lights in the world,

as you hold on to the word of life.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MT 5:27-32
Jesus said to his disciples:

“You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery.

But I say to you, 

everyone who looks at a woman with lust

has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

If your right eye causes you to sin, 

tear it out and throw it away.

It is better for you to lose one of your members

than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.

And if your right hand causes you to sin, 

cut it off and throw it away.

It is better for you to lose one of your members

than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.
“It was also said,

Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.

But I say to you,

whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful)

causes her to commit adultery,

and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”
REFLECTION: I’M JUST DYING TO SERVE JESUS
 

“Continually we carry about in our bodies the dying of Jesus, so that in our bodies the life of Jesus may also be revealed.” —2 Corinthians 4:10

 

Each day, we human beings are one day closer to death. “Death is at work in us” (2 Cor 4:12). Some would wryly agree with the observation that our churches are full of dead people. Jesus Himself told the church of Sardis: “You are dead!” (Rv 3:1)
In one sense, our churches should be filled with dead people. We Christians are called to die to ourselves (Lk 9:23; Jn 12:24), to daily put to death our sinful nature, to renounce ourselves, our desires, and our possessions to become Jesus’ disciples (Lk 14:33). We empty ourselves (Phil 2:7) and count all as loss (Phil 3:8). We are, at this point, a dead body. In this state of emptiness, we receive Jesus, Who is Life (Jn 14:6), and His life is revealed in us (2 Cor 4:10) in such a way that it is obvious to all that anything we do is God’s doing and not our own (2 Cor 4:7).
This is the essence of the Paschal mystery. Jesus, shortly before He died, broke bread and said, “This is My body to be given for you” (Lk 22:19). We in turn receive Him in the Eucharist and tell Him, “Jesus, this is my body, to be given for You.” We offer our bodies to Him as living sacrifices (Rm 12:1). We have so completely died to ourselves that nothing in us can block the flow of His life through us.
Die to yourself daily; take up your cross; receive the eucharistic Jesus; and “make known the glory of God shining on the face of Christ” (2 Cor 4:6).
 

Prayer: Father, “to me, ‘life’ means Christ; hence dying is so much gain” (Phil 1:21). I offer You every moment of my life. Bring many to Yourself through my sacrifices.

Promise: “Everything is ordered to your benefit.” —2 Cor 4:15

Praise: Martha counts her life as beginning with her Baptism.

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