Regardless of what day of the week it is or who is the Mass’ altar server, we are all called to serve the Lord every day.
by Steven Meyerhoff
For close to 10 years now, I’ve made it a priority to attend daily Mass (with the exception of Saturdays). I remember starting this practice as a Lenten observance, but it grew into an ideal way to start my day, every day.
As I became a regular, I picked up a responsibility as an altar server. Some other servers have come and gone, some have moved away and some have passed away, so the schedule changes occasionally.
Tuesdays is my day to serve. On one of those Tuesdays several weeks ago, I was kneeling at my post to the right of the altar, and during the consecration when Father was holding the Body of Christ, it hit me just how amazing and privileged I felt to be this close to the Lord.
I know that you can’t get closer to the Lord than when we receive his Body and his Blood at communion, but this struck me as a special moment. Here’s Father, maybe 10 feet away from me, performing the miracle of the Mass, turning the bread and wine into the very Body and Blood of Christ, and I have the front row seat!
I’ve contemplated on that moment many times since, whether from the pew, during quiet moments at home or when I go off to run and think. But especially every Tuesday when I kneel aside the altar and witness the consecration.
What I’ve come to understand is this: Regardless of what day of the week it is or who is the Mass’ altar server, we are all called to serve the Lord every day. And if we serve him faithfully, if we serve him by living his commandments and spreading the Good News of the Gospel, then our reward in heaven will be to be closer to the Lord every day and for eternity.