“I glorified You on earth by accomplishing the work that You gave me to do. Now glorify me, Father, with You, with the glory that I had with You before the world began.”
This one unearned blessed life God has bestowed upon you has a purpose. You possess a role to play in the unfolding of God’s kingdom here at hand. What is your role, your purpose? How can you come to discover and more fully understand the role God has for you in the unfolding of His kingdom here at hand? This moment is given unto you and all people solely because God has willed you this unearned life. You are alive! You are aware of your own self and the passing of time itself. Your breath itself sustains your own existence.
You have among you other people who over the years have taught you, nurtured you, sustained you, and strengthened you. Without them what kind of a life might you have been forced to live? A life which is merely an existence or pure survival is not a life fulfilled. Such lives are often filled with misery, suffering and failures This life you are living can see such human burdens and suffering and do something to help address such human misery. Or, you can know about such suffering and be indifferent. The choices are yours to make.
Our Ascended Lord and Savior Jesus Christ fulfilled the words of the ancient prophets not by hanging out with kings, religious scholars, or rich people. No. Instead, our dear Lord spent most of His years in the company of the sick and dying, the fools and peasants, the rejected and powerless. Our Ascended Lord asks you, me and all people to stoop down and pick up our weak, tired, or sick and dying brothers and sisters. They need us. Remember when you needed them. They were the ones who visited you or your loved ones in the hospital. They emptied your trash can, changed your linen, brought you your meals, and usually came into your vulnerable presence with a smile on their face and some kind words. Do you remember their names? Would you recognize them, if you saw them on a sidewalk? Did you send them a thoughtful and sincere Thank You note?
When the least among us enter into our daily lives, you have seen Christ. All their goodness comes from within them. That goodness, that kindness, that mercy was planted into their hearts and daily lives by God’s ample graces. When you look to see the Risen and Ascended Christ, always search for Him in the lives of the least among us. There in His poverty rests the great abundance of God’s invaluable love, mercy and justice. The great cannot be or become great without the poor. It is impossible! Our Ascended Lord is now seated at the right hand of our Father. You are His holy disciple. How will you live out the Gospel as you live each holy hour and passing day throughout this one unearned and unfolding lifetime? Lastly, may you, at the end of your lifetime be able to honestly pray these ancient words, “I glorified You on earth by accomplishing the work that You gave me to do’.
-Father Michael Briese