“Great things depend on us acting as God demands.”
There are times when we forget to aspire to great things and try to live in the most comfortable way possible. We constantly flee from suffering – I’m not saying that we should look for it because it comes on its own – leaving things half done because we don’t enjoy them and throwing in the towel at the drop of a hat. We think, “It doesn’t matter if I keep my word or not because my priority is to live at ease and comfortably.”
Benedict XVI once said: “The ways of the Lord aren’t comfortable, but we weren’t made for comfort; we’re made for greatness, for the good.” If we anchor ourselves in comfort, the great things the Lord calls us to that depend on our “yes” would be left undone. The Gospel of Luke says, “To whom much is given, much will be asked of. To whom much is entrusted, much will be demanded of.” The more we are aware of the graces we have received from God, the more will be demanded of us. However, this does not mean we should try to live in ignorance.
Attempting to live unaware of everything that’s been given to us, leads to the pursuit of a “comfortable” lifestyle which is nothing more than lukewarmness and cowardice. Such a life is cowardly because we don’t dare to fight to know – we don’t dare to fight to live in conformity with our vocation.
Once we’ve overcome lukewarmness and cowardice, and we’ve discovered all the graces that God has given to us, we see the weight of our miseries, weaknesses, and sins. We see that we’re incapable of living up to the measure of all those graces given to us by God. In this moment, realizing that we can’t rely on our own strength, we must turn to God again and ask Him to guide us on our journey.
Only with Him can anyone dare to face the mission that’s been entrusted to him or her and that, “with the help of grace, converts into a blessing from God: the fruitfulness of the family, that is extended far beyond what parents can see with their gaze; spiritual fatherhood and motherhood… that has an immense transcendence for the entire Church and humanity.”
“Now, do you understand the greatness of your mission?” (St. Josemaria Escriva) The mission that has been entrusted to each one of us is too great for the human mind. Can a parent imagine how much fruit their marriage can bear or how much fruit and glory the children that they bring into this world can give to God? What would you have said to the parents of St. John Paul II? How could St. Zelie and St. Louis Martin (parents of St. Therese of the Child Jesus) know the fruits of their marriage? It’s impossible for our mind to imagine. Who can comprehend all the good that can be done by a priest in this world? And even then, even though our minds aren’t capable of understanding the greatness of our mission– our capacities are limited and the mission far surpasses us – everyone can place themselves before the Lord and surrender their heart to Him, trying to respond in each moment to His love, because He has called us, and great things depend on us.
St. Paul affirms this is his letter to the Ephesians were he writes, “God has chosen us in the person of Christ, before the creation of the world.” We fail many times and we’re aware of our weaknesses, our miseries, and our sins, but we must run to God in surrender and trust believing that “God does not repent of the decisions He makes.”
- By Marta Troyano