“As for me and my house, we will serve The Lord”
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In the first reading today we find Joshua exclaiming: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” It has become a popular verse that some of us have adorning the walls of our houses, and today’s scripture readings call us to reflect on its meaning in our lives. Do we truly exclaim this by the way we live our lives? Do we put the Lord first in all we say and do? As Christian disciples, we areall called to do just that.
It is not always easy. In fact, living in the world where we are sure to face adversity and persecution, it can be incredibly hard. Yet, we must always put Him first.
St Paul in the second reading exhorts husbands and wives to do so by respecting each other and loving each other in accordance with God’s will. In fact, makes the point that the marriage is a sacrament because it reflects the great mystery “Christ and the Church,” and invites marriage couples to live this great mystery in their daily lives. A way of life that presupposes humility and generosity to be accomplished: these are given to us when we communion with the Lord , when we eat his flesh and drink his blood. A teaching that for most it is still very “hard to accept.”
We recall Peter’s words from today’s gospel: Lord, you have the words of eternal life.” His teaching is in fact life!
God calls us to Himself, to live for Him, to serve Him, to always put Him first. But it is not because He wants glory in the process. It is because He knows what’s best for us, and, as He has shown time and again, He loves us beyond all comprehension. So, as grateful disciples, we live lives worthy of our calling — living and serving the Lord above all else — truly living out Joshua’s exclamation, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!” This concludes this great “Eucharistic month.” Hopefully we all come out of it with greater understanding and love for the Eucharist we celebrate, so that we may be what we eat and drink.
Your Servant in Christ,
Rev. José Bautista JCL