Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/09/10

Impulse: Dig Deeply into the Earth

  Saturday

  23rd Week of Ordinary Time

  Gospel: Luke 6:43-49

Dig deeply into the earth! (from Verse 48)

A good person brings forth good works because there is good in his heart.  He is a man who has dug deep into the earth and built the foundation of his home on rock.  Jesus shows us how much the being comes before speaking or doing.  First comes the being.  Where is our heart?  How much am I, in my innermost being, founded on Christ, founded on the rock?  When my existence has the right foundation, then the right words and the right actions will follow.

Dig deeply into the earth!

When my life still brings forth evil, I realize that there is still evil in my heart.  Therefore I must dig deeper, removing more soil.  For example:  when I do not complete a task that has been given to me well, I should ask myself: “Where is my heart.”  If my heart had been filled with love then I would have completed the task out of love.  Then I can ask: “Why did I not have enough love in my heart?”  If we prove our heart in this way, we must pay attention that we do it with the influence of God’s grace.  The best thing to do is to speak with Jesus (maybe even out loud) in a dialogue with him. Satan too can also lead us to a false inner perspective, which can lead to depression.  The dialogue with Jesus can protect us.  And when Jesus says: “Now everything is fine, now we can go back to this task, and love our fellow man when we take up that next assignment”, then we will follow through with it.

Dig deeply into the earth!

 Again and again we find ourselves saddened because only a few people take part in prayer and in mass.  Here too, we run the risk that we get very fixated on the exterior.  Jesus wants to heal us internally Himself.  We have to accept the fact that if may take years, even decades to be healed in the deepest part of our heart.  First and foremost, Jesus wants our heart!  The way is not from the outside in, but from the inside out.  Let us take up this offer of healing of ourselves.  Let’s go deep with Him ourselves!  Let’s trust the fact that our lives will be both a force of attraction and a force of transmission, if we go this way ourselves.  The ministry-related activities are in some ways secondary.  Let’s leave it up to God.

 

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