“Look into My Merciful Heart and reflect its compassion in your own heart and in your deeds, so that you, [Maybe He is talking to each of us, not just Faustina] who proclaim My mercy to the world, may yourself be aflame with it.”
Jesus’ words to St. Faustina as recorded in her Diary, par. 1688
Anyone who has ever gone camping knows the joy and the frustration of trying to start a campfire. The flame starts small and you fan it or blow on it to encourage its growth. Careful not to smother it, you then add bigger and bigger pieces of wood until what began as a single, small flame of a match grows into a blazing and warming fire.
Our Faith in God is no different. Even though Paul is speaking to Timothy about his ordination his words can also apply to our Faith, which is a Gift from God. It begins as a small flame but it grows into a blazing fire if we but encourage it with proper care and fuel and like a campfire, it needs constant attention so that it does not extinguish.
When we hear the words of the prophet Habakkuk in the first reading and the words of Jesus in the Gospel, we might vaguely sense a “why bother” kind of attitude. The prophet is frustrated with God. He complains that God is not governing the world properly, allowing His people to fall into idolatrous practices, forgetting the blessings given to them by their Creator. Sound familiar? God’s response is to be patient—remain faithfully patient, trusting God.
Jesus, in a similar vein, encourages our true servitude. We should not expect to see the fruits of are faithful and faith-filled citizenship but should conduct ourselves and our lives with the Trust that knows God will take care of His world, in His time, in His way and according to His Will. We, for our part, must constantly stir into flame the Faith in which we live as true servants working toward the eternal Kingdom. To that end, it might be good to recall the letters we see from time to time, AMDG, that are an acronym for a Latin phrase, Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.
For the Greater Glory of God!