Ezekiel 18:25-28; Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14;Philippians 2:1-11;Matthew 21:28-32
Regard others as more important than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)
We live in a world that urges us to think in modules. We have a module for church and prayer. We have a module for work and a module for family. There is a financial module, a justice module, a crisis module, and a recreation module—and so many more!
Most of us can identify when our Mass module is at work. But it can be a little more challenging, shortly after Mass, when something rubs us the wrong way, how we slip into an irritated module or an angry module. Or perhaps we are in family mode when we kiss our kids good-bye after breakfast and head to work. But then we slip into work mode when we become curt, unbending, or demanding at our job.
Contrast this “module model” with today’s second reading. Here Paul calls us to be united and to care for each other all the time, not just when we are in “compassion mode.” And to illustrate his point, he spoke of how Jesus’ whole life was one consistent yes to the Father, and that yes dictated how he would act in every situation.
Clearly, we shouldn’t let all of the modules in our lives control us. Taking our cue from Jesus, we should let one module control all of the others: the “life in the Spirit” module. Jesus was exalted at the right hand of God because he followed his Father in all things. Likewise, we will be exalted when we obey God’s commands and try our best to live in love.
So when the recreation module begins to draw you away from the Lord, stop and regroup. When the work module causes you to become agitated and upset, stop and make an adjustment. Let Jesus and his love become your overriding module, and you’ll find yourself living a more peaceful life.
“Lord, help me to think and act like you. Teach me how to be your disciple.”~WAU