by Danny Tariman
“Whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” (1Cor 10:31)
It was one of the most poignant witnessing for the Lord: offering at the altar simple acts of service done in excellence.
The family was asked to be the Mass offerors for a coming Sunday. They were so happy to have been called to offer in the Mass, although they were very new in the parish.
They prepared a basket with various kinds of bread, arranged beautifully in a rattan-woven basket. In another native basket were fruits of different variety, carefully placed and garnished.
When they walked to the altar, the kids held the baskets in “offering” posture, walked in cadence with the parents who carried the usual chalice and wine. Truly excellence was present!
In another event, this family was called to change the altar cloth during Easter Vigil Mass.
Days before the Easter, they rehearsed changing a table cloth using their dining table. They made sure that they will perfectly place the cloth in 5 seconds flat. They tried several times until they made it really good.
In the morning of Saturday, while the mother made sure their best clothes to be worn are well-pressed, the father cleaned and shined their shoes. They left nothing unprepared for the service.
At the Easter Vigil Mass, the execution of the changing of altar cloth was so perfect.
Simple services. Done in excellence. Made for the glory of God!
Reflection: Are you giving your best to the Lord, even for simple tasks?
Prayer: Grant me O Lord the grace to do everything in the best way possible, all for your glory. Amen!