Monday, 15 September 2014
The Little Way is the Great Way
Blessed Mother Teresa has a popular pearl of wisdom: "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." Indeed what do we think Jesus did for those thirty years He spent in the Holy Family before His three years of public ministry? Small things, ordinary things; with great love, extraordinary love. If this humble lifestyle was good enough for the Son of God, is it not a great honor to do the same? We would be proud fools subject to the world's 'spirit of bigness' if we despised this little and narrow way called for and trodden upon by our Lord Himself.
Let us abandon 'day dreaming sanctity' and lifestyles that reduce prayer to a certain segment of the day, and become men and women who abide in the Love of God. The more we say 'yes' to God's Will and surrender to it -as a log that surrenders itself to the rivers current -the greater shall we decrease in size as God and His Love increases within us. There is no limit to how much we can love, and we need not worry about not being able to love God, because with the Eucharist we can love God with His very own Love!
This is why our Lord says "My yoke is easy and my burden light" (Mt 11:30), for although we may be persecuted, ignored, despised, disregarded, counted foolish, or slaughtered by the sword, nothing "will be able to separate us from the love of God" (Rom 8:39b); that Love which makes the hard easy and heavy light.