“God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being may boast before God.” Saint Paul knew better than most what it felt like to be humbled before God. He had been “reduced” by his encounter with the risen Christ, and knew just how blessed he was to be allowed to serve Jesus.
“It is due to him [God] that you are in Christ Jesus…whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.” Our earthly gifts are great blessings from God, but even these gifts are nothing compared to the honor we are given to participate in God’s saving work. Perhaps it is knowledge of this fact that keeps so many people from volunteering for visible roles of service at Mass? I wonder.
For those of us who shun the spotlight, there are ample opportunities to serve Christ and His Church with our gifts. Every parish needs sacristans, money counters, cleaners, and other behind-the-scenes helpers. These roles of humility are just as vital to the life of the Church! If I don’t feel worthy to serve Him in a visible role at Mass, I can still offer my thanksgiving by taking a leadership role in the kitchen, office, or maintenance crew. Scrubbing floors for Jesus is still working for the Lord!
We are the “people lowly and despised” that God desires to be His People. Your talents, whatever they may be, are worthy gifts to be offered to the Lord. Whether you serve at the altar or behind closed doors you are a valued and necessary part of the life of your Church. Blessed are you who are poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven is yours!