When I moved to San Antonio in 2013, I was excited about the many things that were going to transpire – I was in a new city with a new job opportunity and so ready to build a new community with the hope of meeting my future spouse. But in time, things were progressing slowly. My job was not as exciting as I had envisioned. The community I sought to build was not as fruitful as I had wanted. I found myself feeling lonely and sorry for myself.
Turning to a friend for advice, he imparted wise words that I still refer to today. “If you’re ever feeling down or hard on yourself, do something that will fulfill someone else’s needs.” In giving ourselves to others, we find true joy, freedom, and fulfillment. Today’s society emphasizes the “I” and urges us to keep our eyes on ourselves. But we are invited by Jesus today to look outwards, reach outwards, and live our lives in joyful generosity, not expecting anything in return but trusting we will be “repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” We are genuinely more blessed in giving than receiving.
Where did I meet my wife and build that wonderful community I longed for? At my home parish, Saint Matthew, I gave of myself in joyful service.
Where is God calling you to serve joyfully? to give of yourself without expecting anything in return?
Lord, forgive me for being fixated solely on myself and my needs. Help me open myself up to you and my needy brothers and sisters. Give me your eyes to see and your heart to love as you do. Amen.