Meaning of LEAVEN
Leaven or yeast is a potent ingredient for the rise of the dough. Its action permeates the whole dough to make it a wholesome piece of bread. It is a catalyst, an initiator, a motivator, a processor for growth. Vatican 2 calls every Christian layman to be a LEAVEN for our times.
“The characteristic of the lay state being a life led in the midst of the world and of secular affairs, laymen are called by God to make of their apostolate, through the vigor of their Christian spirit, a leaven in the world. (Vat 2 Laity Ch 1 No 2)
A LORD’S LEAVEN is a person whose main task is to empty oneself like Our Lord Jesus for the sake of being completely one with God for the glory of the Lord and the good of others.
“(Christ), being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,” (Phil 2:6) “He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross.” (Phil 2:8)
A Lord’s Leaven lives the Divine Indwelling and the Life of the Lord through the Stages of Mission of the Pastoral Management Institute together with others in their Cenacle Team and BEC. In this way the fullness of “God’s treasures of wisdom and knowledge” can flow from within the spirit of every Lord’s Leaven missionary to enable him to share these treasures to all , until the people of God can attain “one heart and one mind” in Christ.
As yeast or leaven is responsible for the expansion of the dough, so does the leaven of the Lord helps make the Church grow. Likewise, as leaven is invisible, so also should a Lord’s Leaven be.
“When you have done all you have been told to do, say ‘We are only unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.” (Lk 17:9)
“The servant does not deserve thanks for obeying orders, does he? It is the same with you: when you have done all you have been told to do, say ‘We are only unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.” (Lk 17:9)
A Lord’s Leaven does not draw attention to oneself in anything that one does. However, if this attention comes about, the leaven of the Lord should always turn this credit and attention to the Lord or to Our Lady, never to oneself. A Lord’s Leaven strives to serve the needs of the Church in action and effective silence.
A Lord’s Leaven does not seek recognition nor honor for oneself. The only honor a Lord’s Leaven may seek is silent union with God within the soul and a humble gratitude in knowing and acknowledging that God has given one the chance to express the love of God from within one’s heart in order to be shared unto the heart of others.
The only honor a Lord’s Leaven can claim is his dignity of having received from the Lord the fullness of grace. He realizes that one does not have enough time on earth to exhaust all these inexhaustible graces that God has made available for him to dispense for the good of all. He recognizes the charisms of others and helps these to blossom forth in God’s beautiful garden.
Motivated by this union he reaches out to whoever he can share this wisdom with, knowing that in the end of his life, there is only one question that needs to be answered, “Adam, where are you?…. What have you done to Me and for Me?”
Trials, persecutions and obstacles never hinder a Lord’s Leaven from contemplating the Presence of the Lord within. He knows that persecutions, sufferings and weaknesses are part of the purification to make oneself more worthy in one’s dedication and service to God. He realizes that every trial, every negative is God asking one “Adam, where are you?” His response to all persecutions is utter silence, humble obedience and patience to one’s vocation before the sight of God and to get into his soul and rest in the Lord’s Divine Indwelling.
“Concerning this (St. Paul’s weakness) I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:8-10)
“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Rom 8:35)
“Come to Me all you who labor and are heavily laden, I will give you rest.” (Mt 11:28)
A Lord’s Leaven never makes any defense in any accusation unless in conscience one is obliged to. He follows the example of Our Lord Jesus when He was falsely accused before Caiaphas, Herod and Pilate. His basic reaction to all accusations and persecutions, trials and sufferings is to surrender in silence to God within the soul. The sole concern of a Lord’s Leaven is to express the burning love that comes from the Lord within the soul so as to share this love to whoever is willing to receive this grace.
“It is not because we love God, but because God loves us first.” (1 Jn 4:19)
A Lord’s leaven is not particular about failure or success either. The only concern a Lord’s leaven has is to live out what “burns within one’s soul” for the good of others whether one is received or not, understood or not, successful or not.
The effective, unassuming and humble silence of Mother Mary and St. Joseph is what moves a Lord’s Leaven in performing one’s daily task. Being always mindful of the Presence of the Lord is the lifeblood of a Lord’s Leaven. One is constant in action, always humble, silent and obedient. One’s life is characterized by a docile, discerning and simple spirit lived only for the sole purpose of realizing the Plan of God.