Collateral Homage

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It’s Monday and we’re fortunate to experience a lingering effect from our celebration of the liturgy the day before. We’re particularly sensitive to the theme of the readings. We’re inspired by the insights and exhortations of the homilist. We feel the grace we received along with Christ’s body and blood in the Eucharist.

So, how does all of this translate into our daily work routine? Does Sunday church attendance have a lock on all things sacred and sacrificial in our lives? Shall we tuck all those truths deep into a back pocket and get on with the detached world of business as usual?

What if our Sunday worship activities were a bomb whose impact extended beyond the church parking lot? In other words, what would be the collateral damage, or in this case, homage?

 

Renewed and re-energized

One half of one percent is about how much time of our time we spend in church per week. To make these our only moments of prayer, of appreciation, of intervention, resolve and action defeats a real value of the celebration of our faith in Sunday liturgy. We should come out of church refreshed and ready to carry Christ through a week’s worth of ups and downs and whatever the world chooses to throw at us.

Some believe this so strongly that they take it to extremes by searching for worship that always leaves them feeling good. This accounts, at least in part, for the rapid growth of some non-denominational assemblies which have become magnets for the “make me feel good” crowd. For these people, Sunday is show time and those behind the curtain had better have some new and exciting things planned.

For the rest of us, Sunday worship provides the break we need between weeks of addressing responsibilities, responding to requests for service and handling temptation in its various forms with varying degrees of success. It’s halftime, in a sense, and we’re in the locker room catching our breath and resting for a few moments before the clock starts again and we resume our role in this game of life in God’s Kingdom.

 

Making the connection

Christ’s miracles occurred out among people in their own real world. He changed water to wine, multiplied a few loaves of bread and two fish to feed more than 10,000 people and raised the dead. Following his example, shouldn’t the workplace be where our Christ-like actions take place? Why not resolve to take that same sense of reverence and respect to our Lord and God, and bring it along to work tomorrow?

Here are a few ways to implement this thinking in your work life:

Lead a moment of morning prayer in your office or department – this takes just a few minutes and allows others to share their prayer intentions and concerns in a way that can bring them comfort and strengthen their faith.
Offer wisdom from God’s Word as advice for those who come to you with problems and challenges – This requires regular time for you to deepen your knowledge of God through Scripture.

Invite someone to church – a single invitation may be all that’s needed for some who would welcome the opportunity to see you in worship mode and join you.

Be out there among them, as Christ was, and follow his example by walking your faith in the world of work. You’ll find opportunities for service popping up around you, often a clear signal that you’re walking in the will of God.

John Carroll is an entrepreneur, author, consultant and president of Unlimited Performance, Inc. in Mount Pleasant. You can reach him at jcarroll@uperform.com.