Deacon Jim Olson’s Reflection-7-27-20

4040 401 7-27-20 17th WOT Mt 13:44-52

To be vibrant, to act as ferment, we need to be united to Christ. We cannot afford to allow our love for the Lord to weaken, since it is the interior strength which drives our apostolate. Without this union, all our works and effort will be without fruit. There have always been those who believed they could transform the world by their own efforts. How quickly have their hopes been dashed to the ground! It is as if to fulfill the words of the Lord: Apart from me you can do nothing. 

If leaven is not used for fermenting, it rots. There are two ways leaven can disappear, either by giving life to dough, or by being wasted, a perfect tribute to selfishness and barrenness. The Christian wastes away when they give into luke warmness, that being a distaste for the things of God and a preoccupation with self.

A Christian acts as leaven when their faith is proven by deeds. Love for Christ is the source of all apostolate; it is what makes the Christian into leaven. We have to foster this love continually through personal prayer and the frequent reception of the sacraments. It is necessary that you be a ‘person of God’, a person of interior life, a person of prayer and of sacrifice. Your apostolate must be the overflow of your life ‘within.’ 

We might measure our love for God by the amount of effort we put into influencing others at work, at home, and all around us. 

If we want to become daring in our ordinary life, we need only to look at Our Lady.   The perfect example of this type of spiritual and apostolic life is the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Apostles, who while leading the life common to all here on earth, one filled with family concerns and labors, was always intimately united with her Son in an entirely unique way cooperated in the work of the Savior.  

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