Audio Readings September 18, 2012 Tuesday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time

1 Corinthians 12:12-14,  27-31;Psalm 100:1-5; Luke 7:11-17

“You are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27)

We all enjoy receiving presents. It’s even better when what’s inside is carefully picked to suit our person­ality. We especially remember those gifts that we know the giver put some real time, thought, and effort into choosing.

Those are just the sort of gifts that St. Paul is writing about to the Corinthian believers. These gifts are very valuable because God himself has picked them out for us. He had special talents in mind for us before we were even born. Some of us are blessed with teaching, evangelis­tic, or preaching gifts. Others he has inclined to “behind the scenes” work such as hospitality, discernment, or administration. Whatever our gifts are, we can accept them wholeheart­edly, knowing that they come from a loving Father who has great plans for how we can use them.

Besides all that, these gifts are from heaven! They are supernat­ural charisms, and they have the potential of bringing a little bit of heaven down to earth. As we learn to exercise our gifts, we can change the world around us—bringing God’s light and truth into places of darkness and confusion. When endowed with God’s grace, even something as “ordinary” as the abil­ity to prepare a delicious meal can be a powerful instrument of God’s love and presence!

Paul makes it clear that God has given us these gifts with an impor­tant goal in mind. He wants us to use them to build up his Church. He wants us to use them to bring heaven down to earth so that other people can be touched and changed by the gospel message. These gifts are meant to strengthen us. They are also meant to be given away—to young peo­ple in religious-education programs who need good formation, to the poor who have so little and who feel rejected, to the elderly who are crav­ing friendship and compassion, to the next-door neighbor who is longing to hear the good news about Christ.

We are all members of one body. So let’s all use our gifts to build each other up!

“Lord, show me what my gifts are, and give me opportunities to use them. Give me the compassion I need to love your people and the boldness I need to reach out and serve them!” ~WAU




About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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