“I chose you”
One whom God calls, like the disciples, to spiritual fecundity, to the communication and development of divine gifts, will never have voice enough to bless the Master, heart enough to enjoy the favor, or energy enough to make himself worthy of it. Jesus owed it to his chosen ones to teach them to appreciate that truth. “It is not you who have chosen me,” he said to them. “It is I who have chosen you.” Don’t think that in coming to me, you deserve the credit and are doing me a favor; in this bargain, it is you who receive and I who give; you have offered yourselves to me, and by becoming mine, you become greater. You are the channel carrying the life that I am bringing. By diffusing yourselves throughout the world, which you shall divide among you presently, you shall be like rivers transporting life across the plains; like clouds that float, pregnant with fertility. You are the main branches of the great tree of which I myself am the trunk; and as the divine sap rises and spreads unceasingly, the faith of the world will cling to you as the rich foliage to the arms of a mighty oak. This was the meaning of the very simple invitation addressed to the disciples. It was to be expected that this gift, the initial favor preceded by no merit on their part, would be followed nevertheless by all the consequences it implied. The first of these consequences was intimacy.