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Excellence!

Excellence!
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!

Witness at the Workplace

Witness at the Workplace
by Danny Tariman

“It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.” – (Matthew 24:46-47)

You are on Facebook. Or maybe exchanging text messages on your phone. That’s why you forgot your task at hand. Suddenly, your boss arrives. He asks you, “How’s the job I assigned to you?” You freeze. You have no answer. You are at a loss. You are caught red-handed!

Can you relate? My friend, as witnesses for Christ in the workplace, we have to work diligently on the tasks assigned to us. We have to make sure that we give our best, as if working for the Lord. The Bible says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23). In the preceding verse, the Bible tells us to “obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord” (Colossians 3:22). I believe that when we give our best at work, even when our bosses are not looking over our shoulders, they will be pleased with us. Soon, they will promote us and put us in charge of bigger responsibilities.

Reflection: Are you giving your best in your workplace? Are you making your boss happy?

Prayer: Lord, please forgive me for not giving my best at work. Please grant me the grace to work with all my heart to the best of my ability. Amen.

[This relfection was first published in Didache Aug 30, 2018, and was read in “Gabay” at Radio Varitas 846]

I Have Seen

I Have Seen
by Danny Tariman

“You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

“A witness is someone who testifies to what he has seen or heard.”

“A Christian witness is someone who testifies by his action or by his word what the Lord has done for him.”

I have heard or read these definition many times. We are all called to witness to the Lord, and our actions speak louder than words. Jerusalem was where the Apostles first received the Holy Spirit. For us, “Jerusalem” is our home. Our family should see Jesus in us through our love, compassion and patience. Judea is the surrounding area of Jerusalem. For us, this represents our neighbor, the people beyond our home who should see the Christian in us.

Samaria is farther than Judea, and this, for us, represents people beyond our neighborhood with whom we should share the Gospel.

It seems like a daunting task. But if we begin by doing everything we do for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31), it’s a great start to being a witness for the Lord.

Do people see Jesus better through us?

REFLECTION:
Pope Francis Says: “Christianity spreads through the joy of disciples who know that they are loved and saved.”

PRAYER:
Lord, grant me the power to witness for You 24/7. Amen.

[This reflection was first published in Didache May 8, 2016]