Jesus said, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.” John 5:8
One of the greatest saints of all time was St. Therese of Lisieux. Known for her “little way,” St. Therese taught faith in a very practical, real and tangible way, inspiring us to simply “do small things with great love.” These small acts, when done with the greatest love, produce an abundance of fruit, not just for the people we serve, but for the whole world.
St. Therese carried out this teaching and outlined it while living in a cloister away from the world. She was not a theology major or a priest. She was not a world leader. She was simply a soul who chose to love, and show us how to love in a very specific and concrete way. God chose her to carry out His very specific mission for her, and her writings and teachings have been left behind for us so that we may too learn to carry out the little way.
There are many times when we feel paralyzed in life, unable to move or speak because we are overcome with stress, grief and worry. In this way, we are like the man suffering from illness in John Chapter 5 who had been ill for thirty-eight years. Jesus does not simply encourage the man and provide him inspiration, He gives him direction, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.” And this is what Jesus is telling us today, right now.
Get up from your sadness, your spiritual illness, your grief, take what I have placed in front of you and now do it
Faith is taking God’s words and putting them into action. And in these times, it is imperative that you do so.
Jesus’s admonition to the sick man is the same admonition to us. Now is a most acceptable time.
It is your time to Rise, take up your mat, and walk
Like St. Therese of Lisieux, the human soul is capable of so much good. It is sometimes overwhelming to think how much time we spend worrying or complaining when we should be spending that time doing.
“At the end of the day, it’s the little things that have massive impact. And they encourage us to set aside the seduction of the spectacular and to commit ourselves to whatever it is before us in a powerful way. “ Matthew Kelly
Today, commit to doing one thing with great love. Just one. And you will set the world on fire…