Thursday, November 5, 2015

What Do You Want Me To Do For You?

“What do you want me to do for you?” This is what our Lord asked Sts. James and John when they brought their petition to Him (MK 10:35-45).  Is this not the question, also, that our Lord asks each of us, especially when we approach Him in the Eucharist? “What do you want Me to do for you?

What do we want from Him? Do we temporal things? Do we desire an “easy” life? Do we want healings? What do we want from Jesus? One may say, “Heaven, eternal life.” That would be an outstanding answer. However, are we only concerned about our individual selves? What about our spouses and children?

Look around the parish. What about each one of them? Are you absolutely positive they are going to “make it”? Go to the different Masses in the city. What about each of them? Are we willing to just say, “Well, that is their choice?” All these people are part of the same Body that we are, the Body of Christ. Are we not concerned about the Body? To paraphrase Moses, “Lord, if you don’t save my fellow Israelites, then blot my name out of the book of the living.” That is loving thy neighbor as thyself. Listen to Apostle John: “If you can’t love the one you can see, how can you love the One whom you cannot see?”

There are many things we cannot do, but there is one thing we can do: Pray for each other, especially all the Baptized, because they are in the Body. When we do pray for ourselves individually, let it be in our minds whether it benefits the entire Body.
--Tommy Turner

This theological reflection courtesy of the parishioners of St Paul Catholic Church in Pensacola, Florida: