July 01, 2008

St. Thomas & Bureaucracies

Found the following prayer to my patron St. Thomas, whose feast day is Thursday, a prayer pleasing because it's charitably disposed towards he who received much guff for not believing initial reports of the Resurrection:
O Glorious St. Thomas, your grief for Jesus was such that it would not let you believe He had risen unless you actually saw Him and touched His wounds. But your love for Jesus was equally great and it led you to give up your life for Him. Pray for us that we may grieve for our sins which were the cause of Christ's sufferings. Help us to give ourselves in His service and so earn the title of "blessed" which Jesus applied to those who would believe in Him without seeing Him. Amen.
There seems a parallel in that just as we believe we were the cause of Christ's suffering though we were not there at Calvary driving in the nails, we also believe that He did it for us individually and not just mankind in some collective sense. Perhaps you can't have one without the other since sorrow for sins is magnified when we think He would've done it just for us and not corporately. (Small companies tend to be leaner and more efficient because bureaucracies in large companies obscure a given individual's impact -- mistakes have very little impact on the bottom line and rewards are felt less keenly.)

One difference between saints and sinners is that for saints it is all intensely personal: their sins were grievous because they were the cause of His suffering, and the salvation gained from the Cross was expressly for them.

That Jesus said "Blessed are you who have not seen and still believe" would imply - to continue the business analogy - that working for a large company is no excuse for not making it personal. And that, in fact, there is more merit in striving even when the impact of that striving is not perceived.

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