Holy week is a startling reminder that real service is costly. Through these days of following the final journey of Jesus, we see that serving demands total commitment, is likely to be misunderstood or misinterpreted, offers no respite and, in human terms, takes more than it gives.
Those who serve for no monetary reward risk being labelled ‘do-gooders’ or ‘freaks’! The world finds it hard to accept there could be people who simply want to be there for others, who want to help those who can’t help themselves, who are willing to offer a service free of charge or for a very minimum return.
The Oils blessed tonight are dedicated to service. The Oil of Catechumens consecrates people for the service of God’s people; the Oil of Chrism lifts that commitment through Confirmation and Holy Orders towards the consecration of a whole life in service; the Oil of the Sick brings the service of the People of God to the bedside of those in need of care and reassurance.
‘Serve the Lord in gladness’ sings the psalmist, hinting that service really is the way to self-fulfillment. Service is what you pay for joy and gladness.
(An introduction by Fr James Lyons to the Order of Service for last night’s Wellington Archdiocese Chrism Mass)
My bishop and his priests
April 5, 2012 by joyfulpapist