We have received countless graces throughout our lives

To everyone who has been given much.... Let us think of the countless graces that we have received throughout our lives, long or short, those that we knew palpably, and that infinity of gifts that are unknown to us. All those goods that we had to distribute with full hands: joy, cordiality, small but constant help? Let us meditate today on whether our life is a true response to what God expects of us.

In the parable we read in this Gospel passage, the Lord speaks of an irresponsible servant who had as justification for his bad stewardship a false idea: My master is late in coming. The Lord has already come and is among us every day. It is to Him that we turn our gaze each day to behave as a son before his Father, as a friend before his Friend. And when, in a not too long time, at the end of our lives, we give him an account of our stewardship of his goods, our hearts will be filled with joy at the sight of that endless line of people who, with grace and our commitment, came to him. We will understand that our actions were like "the stone fallen into the lake", with an immense resonance around us; and this thanks to the daily fidelity to our duties, perhaps not very bright externally, to prayer and to the simple but firm and constant apostolate with friends, with relatives, with those who passed close to our life.

In fact, Jesus himself announced to his disciples: Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, he too will do the works that I do, and he will do greater works than these because I go to the Father. St. Augustine thus comments on these words of the Lord: "He who believes in me will not be greater than I am; but I will then do greater things than I do now; I will accomplish more through him who believes in me than I do now by myself". So many wonders He accomplishes through our littleness when we let Him! The greater works "consist essentially in giving men the divine life, the power of the Spirit and, therefore, in their adoption as children of God (...). In fact, Jesus says: because I am going to the Father. The departure of Jesus does not interrupt his activity of salvation of the world, but ensures its growth and expansion; it does not mean the separation from his own, but his presence in them, real though invisible. Unity with Him, risen, is what makes them capable of doing greater works, of reuniting men with the Father and with each other (...). It depends on us that Jesus returns to earth to accomplish his work: he works through us, if we let him do it.

"Also to come for the first time on earth, God asked the consent of Mary, one of us. Mary believed: she gave her total adherence to the Father's plans. And what was the fruit of her faith? By her "yes" the Word became flesh (Jn 1:14) in her and the salvation of humanity was made possible". We too ask Our Lady to help us to fulfill all that her Son has entrusted to us: an effective apostolate in the environment in which we find ourselves.