Yesterday, I saw this cab drive into the parking lot where I was sitting in my car waiting for Patti to get groceries. I got out of my car to snap this shot – you can even see my white socks and sandals (I’m white and nerdy).
Of course, when I saw the name of this cab company, I was ignited with joy thinking about the vocation and mission of the laity to consecrate the world to God by faithfully carrying out their daily lives in the midst of the world. Driving cabs, buying groceries is all part of a mind-blowing Theo-drama, a God-story that we have been forever made a part of in Christ.
Think of it: in Christ, God has forever bound Himself to us so intimately that He does nothing – nor can do anything — without inviting us to join Him. This makes even the most trifle act, joined to Jesus by faith, hope and love, both immortal and infinite. Nothing given to Him — even our sins and failings — is ever lost; is ever a waste.
So as I sat there looking at that cab, I voice-to-texted this prayer:
O God, maker of all,
you fashioned us in your image
and made us priests consecrated
to cultivate your gift of creation
and build it up into a temple of your glory.
Through sin we rejected our call
to be your image and instead fashioned idols,
turning creation from a womb of life
into a tomb of death.
But in your great love for what you had made,
you sent your Son, bearer of your Image
and Great High Priest,
to raise a new temple out from the ruins of the old.
Through the gift of His Spirit,
you gave us new birth through Baptism
and communion with your Son’s risen Flesh and Blood,
making us co-laborers with Christ
in fashioning a new heavens and a new earth
out of our daily struggles, as we up-offer our bodies
in living sacrifice to your eternal delight.
O Father, make us, your people,
worthy of this great commission
to consecrate our fractured world
into the temple of your Son’s Body,
laboring with His Spirit to inaugurate even now
an eternal and universal kingdom,
a kingdom of truth and life,
a kingdom of holiness and grace,
a kingdom of justice, love and peace.
May it be so now and for all ages,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
For people of faith, it is this vision of the world that alone is able to inspire lives capable of changing the course of history for the better. No single elected leader can achieve this, but only saints among the Saints who give their crucified God space to reign as their servant King.