Join with others in being imitators of me, brothers and sisters, and observe those who thus conduct themselves according to the model you have in us. For many, as I have often told you and now tell you even in tears, conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction. Their God is their stomach; their glory is in their “shame.” Their minds are occupied with earthly things.
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified Body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, beloved.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Most people who know me know that food and dining is a passion of mine. My mother loved to cook and I inherited the gene. I find joy in preparing and sharing good meals. I experience the grace and generosity of God in the bounty and companionship of a shared meal.
I am also capable of falling into the same error as those Philippians whose self-centered gluttony brought tears of sorrow to Paul’s eyes. It happens so simply. I get wrapped up in the work of cooking and ignore the needs of family and guests. I become determined to do this my way. My wife once threatened to gift me with an apron with the words, “I’m sorry, your opinion wasn’t in the recipe.” Like the Philippians I find it easy to fall from the noble “finding God in all things,” to the shameful “this thing has become my god.”
—Mr. Gerald Skoch, JD, serves as Vice-President and Chief Mission Officer at St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, OH.
Dear Lord, help me pay attention. Help me listen attentively to those in my presence. Help me see your presence in them, in the beauty of sunsets, in crisp chill mornings, in a good meal shared with love. I know Lord that you are always present to me. Help me make time to be present to you. Amen.