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For surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given to me for you, and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles have become fellow-heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the working of his power. Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.
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.
Recently I have noticed that my own insecurities get in the way of seeing others around me as co-heirs and members of the same Body of Christ. I respond often with defensiveness or frustration because of the shortcomings I perceive in others. And being quick to judge others’ shortcomings allows me to be prepared if my own shortcomings are pointed out.
But in today’s reading, I am reminded by St. Paul how rewarding humility can be, as he declares himself the least worthy. It allows for his interaction that isn’t coming from a place of tense defensiveness, but of openness to seeing the greatness and expansiveness of the Body of Christ. We recognize that the constraints we put on one another do not deepen the graces of the Holy Spirit but often limit our understanding of those gifts.
Spend a moment today to see the gifts of those whose shortcomings you may usually recognize.
—Griffin Knipp serves as Campus Minister and Coordinator of Student Life at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Milwaukee WI.
Teach me to listen, O God, to those nearest me—
my family, my coworkers, my friends.
Help me to be aware that, no matter what words I hear,
the message is “Accept the person I am. Listen to me.”
Teach me to listen, my caring God, to those far from me—
the whisper of the hopeless, the plea of the forgotten,
the cry of the anguished.
Teach me to listen, O God my Mother, to myself.
Help me to be less afraid to trust the voice inside—
in the deepest part of me.
Teach me to listen, Holy Spirit, for your voice
in busy-ness and in boredom, in certainty and in doubt,
in noise and in silence.
Teach me, Lord, to listen. Amen.
—John Veltri, S.J.