A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007


There are superstars among us in the Church: men and women of faith who do great deeds and proclaim Christ with powerful words, recognized and acclaimed by millions.

We are not they.

Most of us labor in tiny corners of the Lord’s vineyard. What we do and what we say on behalf of the Lord seems invisible and unheeded.

We console ourselves that we are planting seeds, in people and in our communities, which will later bloom gloriously by the grace of God.

But for all the things we do and say for the Lord, we ourselves often see no flowers, no fruits, and perhaps not even any awareness by anyone of what we do for the sake of Christ.

If a Christian labors faithfully in obscurity, does he or she make a difference?

In today's first reading (Hebrews 6:10-20) the answer is an overwhelming YES.

For God is not unrighteous
to forget your work and labour of love,
which ye have shewed toward his name,
in that ye have ministered to the saints,
and do minister.

And we desire that every one of you
do shew the same diligence
to the full assurance of hope
unto the end:
That ye be not slothful,
but followers of them
who through faith and patience
inherit the promises.

Famous or not, we need to keep up the good work: the work of God's grace flowing through us to accomplish his holy will in accordance with his marvelous plan of eternal salvation.