Thursday, June 20, 2013

Extraordinarily "Ordinary" In Christ: By.CC

“Normally Our Lord asks us to give a Christian witness through our ordinary lives, engaged in the same ways of earning a living, tackling the same concerns as other folk.  We have to act in such a way that others will be able to say, when they meet us:  This man is a Christian, because he does not hate, because he is ready to understand, because he is not a fanatic, because he is willing to make sacrifices, because he shows that he is a man of peace, because he knows how to love.” (Fr. Francis Fernandez)

     Our "ordinary" lives can do extraordinary things for God. There is an opportunity in the most simple and humble ways to glorify the Lord by our lives.  We can often be misled by thinking that it is the most extraordinary measures and ambitious strivings that serve our Lord best. We need only to humble ourselves before Him and allow His greatness to resound within us. It is in this way that we will be able to reflect the extraordinary and achieve the unimaginable through Christ. 
    When we cease striving for external ambitions and pause, we are able to awaken to the interior of ourselves. We can begin to understand that in order for us to act in such a way that allows our Christianity to shine forth, we must first accept and allow God to dwell within our hearts. Recognizing that our Lord truly meets us where we are in the "ordinary" to carry out His extraordinary works. 
   In our seeking to do something "more" for our Lord we miss out on the opportunity to do the most in each and every circumstance. May we surrender every moment to our Lord and only seek to make ourselves hidden in the heart of Christ and the Immaculate heart of Mary. The greatest gift we can give to God is our love, trust, and surrender. His gift to us is an outpouring of immeasurable love. May we continue to be a witness of faith in our daily dealings. May we seek to always live in love, understanding, sacrifice, peace, and joy. (C.C.)  

"Christians are ready to proclaim the Gospel because they can’t hide the joy that comes from knowing Christ." (Pope Francis)

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