From the Word of the Day
“To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for all what is the plan of the mystery hidden from ages past in God who created all things, so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the Church to the principalities and authorities in the heavens. This was according to the eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness of speech and confidence of access through faith in him.”
(Ephesians 3: 8-12)
In his humility, St. Paul does not hesitate to declare himself the least of all the holy ones, the last among all those who want to walk in Christ Jesus according to the dictates of the Gospel. However, because humility is truth, he does not hide that he has received the inestimable grace of knowing and revealing to everyone the marvels of God’s plan, which is of such love, as to save all those who freely adhere to God.
But how does this salvation happen? Paul makes two things coincide: God’s plan for which ‘He loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son,’ and the courage given us to ‘have full confidence’.
We need to be aware of this, especially today when God is deemed distant and inaccessible, almost as though God does not exist. Nor should we make God a banality and reduce His Mystery to magic, superstition, or fanaticism. We cannot predicate God’s greatness.
I need to discover more deeply that it was love for me that brought His Son Jesus to give Himself on the Cross. Because of this, I can have the courage to be in contact with God. Nor it is merely a question of respect and devotion, but of complete confidence. This confidence is the source of my deep serenity, or it should be.
Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask our dear Mother Mary to help me have complete trust in Her Son and in His love for me personally. I will go to Jesus with utter confidence at every moment and with every detail of my life.
Lord Jesus, increase my trust in You!
The voice of Frère Roger di Taizé
St. Isaac of Nineveh wrote, “God can only give His love”. It is His love that makes faith accessible. But what is faith? Faith is a humble reality, a very humble confidence in God. If faith should become a spiritual pretension, it would lead nowhere. Thus we can understand St. Augustine’s intuition, “If you have just the simple desire to know God, you already have faith”.