Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter
I remember one day, a couple of months ago, after checking in the gifts we received from our donors I was getting ready to put Abbot Benedict’s stationery paper into our copier so he could sign them. The first batch came out of the printer and they were accidentally printed on stationery that said “President Rector” from the seminary, so I put in the correct paper, then I realized after these copies came out of the printer I accidentally had them printed on the front and back, third times a charm! WRONG! The third time, I accidentally put the new load of stationery upside down. Finally, after my fourth attempt, the Abbot got his letters, when I received the Abbot’s letters back not all of them were signed…actually, none of them were signed, I put down the wrong date.
“It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God,” Paul and Barnabas in this statement is absolutely right, it is very necessary for us to undergo trials for the sake of the kingdom because it forces us to come out of our comfort zones and to ask for help. It shows humility, and as my dad would say, “it builds character!” When you are faced with a trial, do you lay down your pride and humbly ask the Lord for help? I challenge you to do just that and make it into a little sacrifice because even the little sacrifices in life can bear much fruit!
Reflection by Br. Maximilian Burkhart, OSB