Reflection – “Witness the Truth…”

November 2, 2018 – “…Therefore, apostles of my love, do not be afraid to witness the truth. Witness it with enthusiasm, with works, with love, with your sacrifice, and, above all, in humility. Witness the truth to all those who have not come to know my Son. I will be alongside you. I will encourage you.”

Although fear and uncertainties may sometimes loom at every corner, Our Lady continues to encourage us to live faith without fear; to witness the truth. To keep soldiering on! She sees our difficulties, our weaknesses, and knows we face countless obstacles in our spiritual journey, and like the good and tender Mother she is, she reminds us again not to surrender to fear, which is an outright trap of the enemy of the soul. And that she is with us, encouraging us, and praying for us. Who, after Christ Himself, better to stand beside us in our trials than the Mother of God? A Mother whose perfect purity and humility make the demons tremble and flee with terror!

We’re called to be living testimonies of God’s grace in the world, those little lights of hope in the darkness. We don’t have to be only street preachers, nuns or priests to witness the truth. Not all of us receive these kinds of calls. As laypeople, we can live the Gospel message in our everyday lives as parents, friends, and neighbors; with enthusiasm, good works, love, sacrifice, and humility. The apostles, too, were faced with many struggles and threats, but they did not lose their enthusiasm; they did not lose faith. Everyday they fought courageously to witness the truth.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”Since we have that same spirit of[b] faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. [2 Corinthians 4:7-18]

On August 2, 2015, Our Lady said:

“Dear children, I, as a mother who loves her children, see how difficult the time in which you live is. I see your suffering, but you need to know that you are not alone. My Son is with you. He is everywhere. He is invisible, but you can see Him if you live Him. He is the light which illuminates your soul and gives you peace. He is the Church which you need to love and to always pray and fight for – but not only with words, instead with acts of love. My children, bring it about for everyone to come to know my Son, bring it about that He may be loved, because the truth is in my Son born of God – the Son of God. Do not waste time deliberating too much; you will distance yourselves from the truth. With a simple heart accept His word and live it. If you live His word, you will pray. If you live His word, you will love with a merciful love; you will love each other. The more that you will love, the farther away you will be from death. For those who will live the word of my Son and who will love, death will be life. Thank you. Pray to be able to see my Son in your shepherds. Pray to be able to embrace Him in them.”

As humans we lack much, but God always provides for what we lack. We don’t need to fear. The Lord will protect and sustain us as He did the apostles and saints. Our part is to love and live Christ. If we do that will be able to live the faith with enthusiasm, love, with works, sacrifice and humility!