Mt 28:10 Jesus told them: Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee. They will see me there.
Go up and up, always faster, more and more … our society is marked by the desire for “more”, do more, have more, go up higher. Power, honors and possessions are hidden behind this desire for “more”. This ambition often leads to stress, fear, and overload, for lack of relationships, disease and environmental destruction.
Ignatius also speaks of “more”, but the “Magis” has a complete-ly different meaning. The key word is “all for the greater glory of God.” The criteria for discernment of spirits are “more” joy, more freedom (interior), more peace. These are things that satisfy our lives, that cheer our relationships with ourselves, our neighbors and God. We are invited to be ever more open to God so that he can work in us, through us in our world in ways we cannot imagine. Striving for more and more – in our spiritu-al life and in our social commitment – can be a temptation.
It can be a help for us becoming more aware of the fact that we have not to redeem the world. God did it already! We are called to bear witness to that good news and live accordingly. Our lives will be more authentic if we do this not strenuously, but quietly.
This requires courage to say “yes” to the “less”, strength to resist competitiveness and sincerity to respond to the challenges of our time with a discerning heart.
Questions for reflection:
Where is “Magis” challenging me?
How could “Minus” free me so as to have more life-quality and bear witness to faith?
“The felicity of this estate (for as much as I can express) was a singular freedom from all that could make one adhere to earthly things, with an entire application and apt disposition to all good works. Something happened also discovering the freedom that such a soul should have had to refer all to God.”
Mary Ward, The Just Soul
“God, grant me the serenity, To accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can And the wisdom to know the difference.”