Praise and glory to you, O God our loving Father who has called us through Jesus Christ your Son to be your servants. As we begin this brand new week of work and school, let us be reminded of this great honor from you that we have taken for granted, even forgotten and disregarded. May we learn from St. Paul to take pride in this calling to be your servant.
Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an Apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God… among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ; to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy. Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:1, 6-7
In Baptism, we have been called to be your servant and apostle, most of all called to be holy like you, God our Father; help us recapture the beauty and honor of this call from you; enable us to activate this call in us set apart as a people for a very special mission especially in this time of the pandemic. Most of all, let us remember today your call for us to witness to Jesus Christ and his Gospel of salvation through the particular circumstances of our lives lest that day of judgment catch us by surprise immersed in sin and evil, forgetting the sign of Jonah and Nineveh (Lk.11:29-32). Amen.