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Tuesday, May 26
I served the Lord with all humility. (Acts 20:19)
Summarizing some of the main points of his life and ministry among them, St. Paul gave this farewell address to the elders of Ephesus. Since he knew that they would not see him again, it was to be something like his final legacy.
Have you ever thought about what kind of legacy you would like to leave? For which accomplishments in your life, or for which character traits, would you like to be remembered? You might be tempted to think that there is no way your legacy could be as noble or impressive as Paul’s. But if you think that way, you’re most likely limiting what God can accomplish through you. Especially as we get older, our dreams of who we might become or what we might accomplish can grow quite limited. World-wearied, discouraged by past failures, or held back by conventional ways of thinking and acting, we might end up accepting far less than God actually wants to do in us and through us. We may be tempted to think that only canonized saints can accomplish anything Significant.
Lay people may believe that only clergy or religious can make any lasting mark in the Church. And religious or clergy may see their own challenges or difficulties as limiting anything truly worthy of greatness in God’s kingdom. But none of these thoughts really reflect God’s view of any of us.
Whenever we think about our legacy, we should remember that “nothing will be impossible for God” (Luke 1:37). There is so much work to be done, and God needs willing vessels – at every age and state in life – to help build
His kingdom. Jesus can do mighty things through you. Why not give Him a chance? Het him know about your thoughts, dreams, and desires. Tell Him how you want to leave a mark on the Church. Then, with humility but with boldness, pray “Here I am, Lord I come to do Your will.” Whether it’s inter-
cession, parish service, caring for the poor, or something altogether different, go for it, and watch what God can do through you!
“Holy Spirit, pour out Your power and strength on me so that I may accomplish more than I can ask or imagine.”
Psalm 68: 10-11, 20-21