I was listening to a podcast recently discussing impostor syndrome, an internal experience of self-doubt and believing you are not as competent as others perceive you to be. They said almost everyone experiences this at some point in life, especially when they have some forward movement; doubts creep in and try to stop them. A sneaky and familiar voice persistently whispers… who do you think you are?
As Associates of the Blessed Sacrament, we are called to make known the love of God present in the Eucharist. As Christians, we are called to go out to the world and be a witness of the love of Christ. This is a very high calling; it should not surprise us when the enemy, trying to stop us, whispers… who do you think you are?
“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12)
Being called to make known the love of God presumes we have encountered and been transformed by that love. This is not something that is once and done; it is our daily bread; it is accomplished by daily taking up our cross. This is not something we accomplish on our own; it is something we allow to be done to us.
“It is with the love of Jesus that the Apostles leave to evangelize the world, in the midst of all the dangers and all the sacrifices of the apostolate. … From where did they get so much virtue and power? – From the Cenacle. There, they received Communion; there, they received the Spirit of truth and love, and they came forth from this divine furnace, like lions, the terror of demons, breathing only the glory of their good Master.” (Saint Peter Julian Eymard)
Let us pray:
Lord, help us remain in your word, so that we may truly be your disciples and know the truth. Amen. (cf. John 8:31b-32)