The Divine Mystery exists in each of us. We are Stewards of that Mystery.
All giving starts with God and flows through us from the Kingdom into the world and back to the Kingdom. This giving of God to us and back is all part of the Divine Mystery in us, working for our benefit while we offer ourselves to each other.
I realize when folks are cooking chili at home for A Just Harvest Community Kitchen or practicing the handbells or placing cookies on trays for a funeral reception that it doesn’t feel mysterious or mystical. The development of habits, practices, and customs rarely feels mystical during each repetition. There are mountaintop experiences for sure, but the majority of our time spent giving ourselves to any endeavor, even giving ourselves to God, feels pretty ordinary. Like what’s the big deal?
Jesus made clear that He had no place to lay his head during his public ministry. As far as we know, he didn’t cook for himself during that period, either. But somebody did. Somebody was busy during the day with the repetitive work of preparing a simple meal from the harvest of the land. And Jesus ate it, just as we do. He had to. He was human. He got hungry three times a day like everyone else does.
If you knew you were preparing a meal that Jesus would eat, would the giving of yourself to make that meal feel different?
Jesus also made clear that most of the time we don’t even know whom we are serving. ‘When? When did we do these things for you, personally, Lord?’ we ask. ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to Me.’ Each act of giving we perform, whatever shape it takes, is an offering to God, done for God and to God.
Kind of raises the stakes, doesn’t it?
God doesn’t do things this way to pressure us. Daily life is not fundamentally a performance review. Each day is an opportunity. A new one. Because every day is new. We can start our lives, or our days, over at any point. That’s fine with God.
The reason that God operates this way is so that we will have the chance for communion every day. Communion with God. It’s ‘not for nothing’ that our communion service on Sundays is a simple meal of bread and wine, transformed by grace to be the body and blood of Jesus. That’s the business God is in: to take ordinary things, ordinary acts, ordinary people and transform them by grace into the creatures He intended.
Everything we do in an ordinary day offers us the chance of communion with God. Now that raises the stakes.
Questions for the day:
If I believed I was doing everything for God each day, would I do anything differently? What would I add or subtract from my day to experience this?