NEGLECTING THE WORD OF GOD
(Scripture Reflection Acts 6:2)
"So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, "It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on table."
The Twelve were dedicated to breaking the word of God, in obedience to Jesus who had commissioned them to preach the Good News. Yet they did not brush aside the Hellenists’ complaint (First Reading).
As the community was increasing in numbers, the task of serving at table had increased. Wisely, they asked the whole community to choose seven of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom.
One may feel that ‘good standing’ is good enough for such a task; why ‘full of the Spirit’? The answer lies in 1 Cor 2:15: ‘Those who are spiritual discern all things…’ And about ‘wisdom’ – it comes from God to be impartial, sincere, bearing good fruit.
Which is our foremost priority? Is it the word of God, as the apostles chose? Or is it our job, business, problems, or the topics we discuss like politics, news, society, sports, fashion, and the like? Maybe we have not discerned and set our priorities.
Many of us go for Mass first thing in the morning, each for a different reason. Some reach late, perhaps unconcerned about missing the word of God. If our priority is something other than the word, we also miss the wisdom that God alone gives generously – to those who ask him.
Fruit: Let me ask God for the wisdom to discern and to set aright my priorities in life.