The full understanding of the spiritual life comes when we believe that our unique gift is necessary for the Body of Christ. Diaconia (Greek) is our awareness of serving God by caring for one’s fellow creatures. Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman said it well: "God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission – I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. My flesh and my heart fail, but God is the God of my heart, my portion forever."
Throughout our lives we discover our particular gifts and talents. Some of us are gifted in music, in art, or in science. Others are talented in organization, in physical ability or sport. Some of us are blessed with a sense of humor, with the ability to listen and give comfort, or in reconciling. When we use our God-given talents and abilities to the fullest we give praise to the Giver of All Gifts. We each have a unique set of talents for only one reason - to give them away where they are needed. Miracles happen when people realize they have gifts in abundance that others need.
When others compliment you, how do you respond? What are the ways you have discovered that your particular talents are helpful to others?
The Five Loaves ™ 2018
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ's gift. - Ephesians 4: 4-7