Day 18 of Total Consecration
Lk 17:1-10; Imitation III, 47
Temptation and Spiritual Battle
And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung round his neck and he were cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him; and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, and says, ʻI repent,ʼ you must forgive him.”
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this sycamine tree, ʻBe rooted up, and be planted in the sea,ʼ and it would obey you.
“Will any one of you, who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep, say to him when he has come in from the ﬁeld, ʻCome at once and sit down at tableʼ? Will he not rather say to him, ʻPrepare supper for me, and gird yourself and serve me, till I eat and drink; and afterward you shall eat and drinkʼ? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say, ʻWe are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.ʼ”
Imitation of Christ #47
EVERY TRIAL MUST BE BORNE FOR THE SAKE OF ETERNAL LIFE;
THE VOICE OF CHRIST: MY CHILD, do not let the labors which you have taken up for My sake break you, and do not let troubles, from whatever source, cast you down; but in everything let My promise strengthen and console you. I am able to reward you beyond all means and measure.
You will not labor here long, nor will you always be oppressed by sorrows. Wait a little while and you will see a speedy end of evils. The hour will come when all labor and trouble shall be no more. All that passes away with time is trivial.