Posted by: livingscripture | May 17, 2014

Fourth Saturday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 

Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, ‘It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to your first, but since you reject it and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.  For so the Lord has commanded us, I have made you a light to the Gentiles, that you may be an instrument of salvation to the ends of the earth’.”

 (Acts 13: 46-47)

 

How should we live this Word 800-hanuka1[1]

“I have made you a light to the Gentiles.”  Isaiah’s words were taken by Jesus in His own way when He affirmed that one should not put a light under a bed but rather on a candelabrum because its task is to give light and not to remain hidden (Cf.  Mark 4: 21).  If God makes us light, the reflection of His essence as Light, then we cannot escape this.  If He gives us responsibilities, tasks, charisms, roles, and He places us on a lamp stand, big or little as it may be, we must not find excuses.  He does not illumine us to let us extinguish ourselves but to give light to others.

It is important to remember that everything must come from Him and not be the result of our search for power or ambition, but rather from placing ourselves at the service of others, accepting the weight that being a light for other comports.   It is truly a moral weight and even physical!  It means making decisions, accepting risks, guiding persons, being vigilant over self so as not to fall into egocentricity or delusional omnipotence.  However, we do not carry this weight by ourselves.

The apostles accepted this.  They knew their cultural, physical, and character limitations, and yet they did not refuse responsibility, but felt capable of responding to the Lord’s call.  They did not give into false modesty or find a thousand and one reasons to refuse this commitment.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect that my every ‘yes’ is filled with fears and preoccupations at the beginning, but the Lord gives me courage, wisdom, and even a bit of evangelical naiveté that comes from trust.  If God trusts me, who am I to refuse to trust Him and what He can do with my ‘yes’. 

Lord, thank You for trusting me.  Never allow my lack of self-esteem or my pride to stop me, thereby wasting Your gifts.  Let me be a small light sustained by the oil of Your love and Your wisdom. 

The voice of St. Francis of Sales, Spiritual Guide 

The proud, who trust only themselves, have infinite reasons for not undertaking any initiative.  However, the humble find all their courage in their incapacity.  The weaker they feel, the more daring they become, because they place all their trust in God who is pleased to manifest His power in our weakness, and makes His mercy triumph by basing it on our misery.

 


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