THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
TANDEMS IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
Many good things or persons in scripture come in tandems.
Like Peter and Paul, one an apostle to the Jews and another
an apostle to the Gentiles. Like Jesus and Mary, one the Redeemer
and the other his co-Redemptrix, a dynamic duo in spiritual
today’s readings, we see three aspects that come together
in pairs, per intent of God.
the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, Philip “proclaimed
Jesus to him” and the Ethiopian in turn “went
about proclaiming the good news to all the towns” (Acts
8:35,40). Those who meet Christ and begin to live Christ should
also share Christ. The evangelized need to become evangelizers.
Those who receive need to give as well.
the psalm, we read about the seemingly contradictory treatment
by God of His people. God tests us and allows us to be afflicted.
“You tested us, O God, tried us as silver tried by fire.
You led us into a snare; …. You let captors set foot
on our neck” (Ps 66:10-12a). But “then you led
us to freedom.” (Ps 66:12b). God lays us low but then
raises us up. God allows us to be held captives by our enemies
but then liberates us. God brings us to the test but has “not
allowed our feet to slip.” (Ps 66:9b).
the gospel, we see two aspects of our acceptance of Jesus
that brings eternal life. “Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes has eternal life.” (Jn 6:47). That
is faith. “I am the living bread that came down from
heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever” (Jn
6:51a). This is the Eucharist. To put our faith in Jesus is
to fully accept him and all his teachings, including the hard
teachings of the gospel, especially the challenging teaching
of eating his body and drinking his blood. To accept Jesus
but reject his Real Presence in the Eucharist is a fatal error.
the authentic Christian life, good things come with challenging
things. It is refreshing to receive the good news of salvation
in Jesus, but hard to share that good news with others, often
accompanied by suffering, persecution and pain. It is great
to be set free by Jesus, but painful when he brings us to
the test. It is easy enough to put our faith in Jesus, but
we are deeply challenged to live out the implications of the
Eucharistto forgive, to be peacemakers, to do mission.