Christians must begin with this conviction: My life does not belong to me. It has been ransomed by the one who saved me. It follows, then, that I must live not for myself but for him. And he makes it clear that to live for him is to live for—that is to serve—others.
So my life belongs to the poor in my community. It belongs to the outcast I want to avoid. It belongs to my wife and children. It belongs to the Church. It belongs to the sick. It belongs to the homeless.
In serving them and giving my life for them, I follow the example of Christ. When I fail to serve them, I turn my back on the one to whom I belong, losing myself…and my life.
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