Modeling Christ as Suffering Servants

SATURDAY: Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time


Modeling Christ as Suffering Servants

Pure Christianity challenges us to be consistent in what we say and do. Action and witness are more eloquent than the spoken word. Every Christian must model Christ in the world. Our virtues, values, selflessness and resilience in the face of trials and the daily cross we must take up like our Lord Jesus speak boldly of the incarnation of his persona in our flesh. Our historical, social, political, religious consciousness and stewardship are the external signs, which expose the depth of our understanding of the person of Christ and our mission in the world as members of the Mystical Body of Christ. They can either condemn us or canonize us.

Christ confronted the hypocrisy and egocentricity of the scribes and Pharisees because their patterns of behaviour contradicted the essence of their teaching. They reduced religion to a form of formalism and clericalism. They forgot the notion of suffering servanthood that is consistent with those who are the face of God and Christ in the world.

What about the Church in the world today? Where are we at present? What has become of the needed consistency between the proclamation of the word and becoming suffering servants like Christ? Are we still posturing like the scribes and Pharisees? Are the laity still left to suffer the inhumane human conditions that confront them daily without any help from our teachers and fathers? Where is the Church amid COVID 19?

Lord, reinvigorate our lamps and saltiness. Make us suffering servants like you.

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