“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor. 3:17)
I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be obedient to God and what it means to be a servant. Deciding to be a missionary was the first time in my life that I truly felt that the Lord was guiding me and that I was submitting to His will for my life. It was hard to accept it, harder to part with all the things I grew used to, and harder still to every day say “this is my mission and this is God’s plan and wherever He takes me I will follow.”
The first three weeks here at Covecrest have been incredible. God has brought me to a place where I can find true peace in Him and Joy in the gifts and challenges that He has presented me with. He has brought me closer to His Mother Mary and brought me deeper into His love. I walk around camp and praise God with every breath for the life He has given me. My acceptance of the call to be a missionary was hard and at many times my heart felt heavy but the Lord granted me perseverance and understanding of the words “where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” It’s a life in service of God; not a life of a slave. It’s a life filled with grace of the Spirit of our God saying, “Come enter into my kingdom. Be free in communion with my Son who desires to know your heart more intimately than you can imagine.” It is a life that shares in the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord, joining our hearts to His and filling this world with light.
I pray now for the grace to be a humble servant of God because in that grace God pours out His love into my heart and it flows out into the lives of others. The catechism says that “grace is favor, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to His call to become children of God, adoptive sons and daughters, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life” (CCC 1996).
It is grace that I desire, it is grace that moves my feet to act and my mouth to speak. It is in grace of the Lord that I find peace, in grace that I find freedom.
Blessed John Paul II, pray for us.
Missionary family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us.