I'm glad that someone in our parish choir doesn't croak like a frog this time. I'm glad talented young people are serving.
It feels good being served; serving others, even better. In my long life as a Mass-goer and Community member, I've tasted how it is to be in the shoes of almost every role-player in this sacrament except that of the priest, thank God. I've been an acolyte, lector-commentator, offeror, coin collector, choir member, gosh, even tambourine player. The one task I dread the most is to distribute the host, something which I think only the priest is qualified to do, so I settle with just being the host catcher, in case bits and pieces of the sacred species spill off.
Ironically, I've never been an altar boy; it's only after college that I really became a serious Catholic, serious enough to want to really serve like a servant (katulong). (Americans, having had a bitter history of slavery, now find it hard to imagine having katulongs.) I've been an UPSCA secretary (Baguio), but that was nothing compared to what I have committed myself to do now.
The one role I like best is to be a plain listener to the priest's sermon. If I had my way, I'd like to bring a laptop and write at once whatever I like the priest saying. People have the tendency to forget everything the priest says the moment they step out of the church, so I figure I would be of great service here.
Serving God does not mean we have to be like Mother Teresa. But neither does it mean the work will be easy and enjoyable nor that we are qualified for the job.
Serving God is not about self-fulfillment, one of this age's new Baals (idols); it is about the fulfillment of God's will.
Ironically, God's will is inescapably geared to what is best for us, for our own self-fulfillment.
We always have a choice whether to obey or not, but from experience, I've seen how disobedience unfailingly leads to a multitude of personal problems. Serving God is hard work but I am at peace with the thought that I have obeyed.
Again from experience, I have learned this precious lesson: God leads you to that service where you are sure to keep yourself holy. In the end, God doesn't owe you a thing because everything was for your own good, though puzzling to understand at the time. Such are the suspenseful style and mysterious methods of the Lord.
Prayer for Generosity
Jesus Christ, teach me to be generous
Teach me to serve You as I should
To give and not to count the cost
To fight and not to heed the wounds
To toil and not to seek for rest
To labor and ask not for reward
Save that of knowing
That I do Your most holy will.