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Meditation: Ephesians 3:14-21

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Saint John of Capistrano, Priest

… who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us. (Ephesians 3:20)

Imagine if there were a history book that could capture the story of everyone who has ever made a difference in this world. Do you think your name would be in that book?

It would be! Whether you recognize it or not, you are an important player in the world. You have a key role in the unfolding of God’s master plan. Simply by being who you are, you are changing history. Your words, your actions, your demeanor are helping to shape other people and their perception of the Lord. Even your prayers are changing the world!

Sometimes it’s hard to fathom this truth. If we’re not careful, it can even make us feel a little bit defeated. We may look at our faults and worry that we are making the wrong kind of mark on history. How could we ever advance God’s plan when we are dealing with our own mistakes and weaknesses?

Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians today urges us not to worry. Why? Because there is a mighty power at work within us! Paul tells us that if we try our best to connect with the Holy Spirit every day, we will be able to “accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine”—even in our little corner of the world (Ephesians 3:20)!

Pope Francis echoes Paul’s encouragement in his exhortation The Joy of the Gospel: “To believe that the Holy Spirit is at work in everyone means realizing that he seeks to penetrate every human situation and all social bonds.” He reminds us that “evangelization is meant to cooperate with this liberating work of the Spirit” (178).

God needs someone in your corner of the world at this particular time in history. He has placed you here for a reason. He knows what you are capable of doing. Even in your imperfections, you are still the perfect fit for the work God has set out for you.

So let yourself become the instrument that God created you to be. Cooperate with his Spirit, and you’ll change the world.

“Lord, help me remember that you are at work in me and through me. Help me surrender to you and rejoice in what we can accomplish together.”

Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19; Luke 12:49-53

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