THE LITTLE WAY ‘Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up? But he turned and rebuked them…’ - Lk 9:56
What does Christianity offer the world?The Christian faith offers the world an alternative lifestyle, a different way of thinking, speaking and acting (cf. Rom 12:2). I wish to reintroduce the Christian faith to you. “Christian” is the description given by non-Christians to the way of life of the disciples of Christ (Acts 11:26). It is a description of an observable way of behaviour, one inspired by the life, ministry, death and resurrection of God’s only-begotten Son and propelled by the power of the Holy Spirit (Mt 28:19,20; Acts 1:8,9). The underlying and most important feature of this way of life is love; love for God and love of one’s neighbour (Lk 10:27). It was so important to Jesus that his disciples understand the centrality of love that he rebuked them for wanting to resort to violence in the face of rejection. The Christian vocation aims at the perfection of love. We ought to grow daily steadily in our awareness of God’s love for us and strive to love others just as much.
Destination LoveSome arrive at this love through endeavours in missionary work, others by shedding their blood for the faith. Still others arrive at it by a simpler and less complicated means of allowing God touch their hearts and lead them progressively along the path of faith, hope and love. While some make giant strides and display heroic faith, others, like Saint Therese of Lisieux, show us that even the most insignificant person in the world, the worst sinner and the most obscure person in a corner of the world can become saints. How? By the “Little Way”. This includes the following:
- Take God at his word (God loves you sooo much, Jn 3:16; Rom 5:8);
- Let God wash away your sins and imperfections (that’s what He does);
- Accept your weakness and decide every day not to let it prevent you from making effort;
- Come back to the sacrament of penance as often as you relapse into sin (no room for despair);
- Receive the Eucharist as often as you attend Mass in order to receive strength and healing (Jn 6:54);
- Never write anyone off as a failure or condemned because seem to be making progress in your Christian journey.
- See your work in the home, at school, your neighbourhood or the office as means of growing in love and holiness, and of making the world a better place.
- See others first as human beings worthy of love and respect, not as play things to be used or manipulated for your satisfaction.
- See the evil and malice around as motivation to do better and your little corner, your home, school, office and neighbourhood a better and safer place for all.
PrayerLord, help me to desire holiness of life and contentment in the simple things of life and so attain to true happiness forever.
Today’s ReadingsZech 8:20-23; Ps 87:1-7; Lk 9:51-56
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