Thursday, July 14, 2011

Called to be More highlights -- #5

Highlight #5 – Humility.

Some people may be wondering why we are accompanied by a bus on this trip. First, there is a matter of practicality. When traveling with several people under the age of 18, we have to be especially mindful of their physical well-being. It would not be possible to ask them to carry their luggage during their treks to churches. There are also times when it becomes necessary to take a break, resting in the cool bus.

But there is also a theological reason behind our use of the support vehicle. Often, we are tempted to think that we can go it alone, do everything, handle all things on our own. Mandating that no one person walk the entire 150 miles underscores that we are all members of the body of Christ, that we are all necessary to this trip, and that it is imperative that we recognize in humility that we cannot do it alone, nor can we do it all. Consequently, though it may seem otherwise at first, the support vehicle is also a vehicle for growing in humility and awareness that God is God, and we are not. (Praise Him for that!)

Many of us realized through our physical limitations during the trip that we couldn’t do it all. There was a lesson in humility as many (if not all walkers) learned that they can be a gift in ways that seem small or insignificant – praying in the bus, making rosaries, sacrificing the inability to walk, encouraging others. There is a simple humility in learning that God doesn’t ask us to be Superman, but to be who He created us to be, and even in this simplicity or seemingly ordinariness, He calls us to be more.

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