Sunday, December 16, 2007

Christ's Legacy to His Disciples

The Apostles inherited the entire life of Christ, and were eyewitnesses and partakers of His works and acts. They inherited the lengthy fasts they saw Christ Himself perform, as Christ told them: "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting" (Mk. 9:29). They inherited night-long prayers ("Watch and pray"). They inherited agony in prayer with frequent prostrations and sweat like drops of blood: "And being in agony He prayed more earnestly; and His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down upon the ground ... And He said to His disciples, 'Why do you sleep? Rise and pray'" (Lk. 22:44-46). They inherited endurance and patience amid the insults of the hierarchy and the betrayal of comrades: "If they persecuted me they will persecute you" (Jn. 15:20). They inherited ministry in markets among the sick, the sinners, and the poor. They inherited agony, suffering, and crucifixion, the most precious and exquisite gift they inherited from Christ: "The cup that I drink you will drink" (Mk. 10:39). - St. Matthew the Poor

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