Reflection 134: The Sweetness of Our Joint Labor


A honey bee works diligently, day after day, and a colony of bees all work toward the same natural end.  They work to produce honey.  This is no small task and requires constant work on the part of thousands of bees to produce a small amount of honey.  But, in the end, their efforts pay off and honey is made and stored in the hive.  So it is with our lives. We are all called to serve the Lord individually, but we also do so in communion with others.  Religious congregations, dioceses, parish churches, families and friends are all called in various ways to serve the Lord as a community of faith.  When each one does his or her part, the Lord accomplishes an abundance of good fruit so as to bring the sweetness of His love into a world in much need (See Diary #664).

Do you see yourself as a “lone Christian?”  Or do you see yourself as a member of the family of God, seeking to do your humble part so that the Church, as a whole, can complete Her mission?  The Church is called to bring the sweet love of our Lord into a world starving for love.  Reflect upon whether you are doing your small part.  Your part is all that you are responsible for.  It is nothing other than embracing the Will of God each and every day and each and every moment of the day.  Small acts of love, the daily choice to trust, the humble submission of your will.  You can fulfill your mission in life and when you do, the Lord will add this to the works of all His sons and daughters and, through His whole Church, He will transform the world, bringing forth His glorious Kingdom.

Lord, as a single bee produces only a tiny bit of honey, so also do my actions and service to You produce only that which You have given me to accomplish.  I offer my love and service to You so that You may unite it with the love and service of others, producing, together, an abundance of Mercy for a world in such need.  Jesus, I trust in You.

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