Two lines from today’s readings stand out. They accentuate the inner dynamism of the Christian life. The verse from the gospel acclamation, “Teach me your paths, my God, and guide me in your truth” is a plea for conversion, for inner transformation. This inner transformation is one aspect of this Christian dynamism. The last line of today’s gospel reading from Matthew, “But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called the greatest in the kingdom of heaven,” describes the mission aspect of Christian dynamism.
This dynamism is at the heart of the gospels. Jesus draws his disciples apart and teaches them what the kingdom is all about and then sends them out as disciples. He continues to teach them and reassure them in his post-Easter appearances and, before leaving them to return to the Father, he gives them their final mission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.”
That same dynamism is at the heart of each celebration of the Eucharist. The members of the community are fed, formed and transformed by word and sacrament and then sent back out to their mission “to love and serve the Lord.”
The Rule of Life of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, in speaking of the vision of Father Eymard, states that “Convinced that a life cannot be fully eucharistic unless it is consecrated to both God and our fellow human beings, left us an example of contemplation and apostolic activity.”
In his recent Apostolic Exhortation on the life of holiness, Pope Francis also insists that true holiness can only be achieved through a balance of prayer and service of others, especially those most in need of love and care. The signs of this holiness, according to Francis, are perseverance, patience, meekness, joy, a sense of humor, boldness, passion, community-based and constant.
In our daily examen, do we reflect on how our prayer life, both personal and communal, feeds our apostolic work and vice-versa?
Lord Jesus, you call us to an intimacy with you which impels us to be of loving service to you in the lives of our brothers and sisters. Help and inspire us to serve you in those who make us most uncomfortable and uneasy. Make us constant, patient, bold, meek, passionate and joyful in our holiness.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)