Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest

The peace of the Lord be with you.

I once saw a quote attributed to Thomas Merton that went something like this:

We spend our lives climbing the ladder of success only to find as we reach the top that it is leaning against the wrong wall.

The dialogue that Jesus has with his disciples today says much the same thing. Our idea of greatness often gets clouded by how society measures success. Jesus says that true greatness comes from being a servant to others — not amassing wealth, power, or authority. There is nothing wrong with these material and earthly things, provided we recognize who gives us these gifts and offer thanks to God for His generosity.

As we begin this new day may we humbly and lovingly approach God to ask how He wants us to use these resources today.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Wednesday, May 26, 2021