Message From Father Maurer
God himself is my help. The Lord upholds my life. I will offer you a willing sacrifice; I will praise your name, O Lord, for its goodness. Psalm 54: 6,8
See, I have God for my help. The Lord sustains my soul. I will sacrifice to you with willing heart, and praise your name, O Lord, for it is good.
One of the temptations the devil often places before us is the lie that we are powerless to do great things. Minimizing our gifts, denigrating our importance and generally discouraging us from even trying to do good – all part of the standard toolkit for keeping saints out of heaven!
The greatest saints didn't set out to do amazing things. In our faith & flicks evening this week, we watched "A Man for all Seasons". Saint Thomas More's example was particularly striking in that he didn't even preach; he simply refused to speak a lie. Silence was his testimony, and a powerful one at that.
Jesus is the sower of seed, and we are called to be good soil. But we are also sowers ourselves. Ultimately our faith boils down to Jesus - the Word of God. We sow in the words that we choose to speak or those we refrain from uttering. But what are we sowing, weeds or wheat?
Let us ask God to help us use our gifts, especially that of speech, to ensure that the fruits of our labor are only for His glory, that rather than noxious weeds choking out the graces God has planted in others, our words and work may always help others know His love and His goodness.