I don’t like the ideology that states that a woman has to be exactly the same as the man is and do precisely the same what the man does. The point is not in doing exactly the same but that both a woman and a man are equally worthy before God and they should follow the same vocation to holiness.
It’s quite common that by a great man in history or in the Bible there is always a great woman. For John Paul II it was Mother Mary, saint John of the Cross cooperated with saint Teresa of Avila while st. Francis (Salezy – nie mogłam znaleźć) worked with Francis de Chantal. Today’s celebration in an invitation for all women who are gathered here to become a great lady, to be a leaven of greatness, elegance and holiness. When someone is in the presence of a great lady, he can’t be a man telling jokes below the belt.
How to become a great lady? There is a way pointed out by Jesus in the Gospel. He is the vine and we are grafted into Him. It’s a pity if the branches are cut off the vine. We should be connected to Jesus who is the vine. This is the picture Jesus gives us for today and invites us to place Him in the very core not only among many different affairs of our everyday life. Jesus says: Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. (John 15:4) With these words we are encouraged to remain in Jesus not for ourselves but to bear fruit for Him, for His kingdom and glory.
We can’t be great men and women in the Church by ourselves. This is Jesus who is great and only through Him we are able to become great. The man is great only when he humbles himself before God and kneels down before Him. So if Christ is in us, we can say after Paul Apostle: I no longer live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20). Whatever I experience in my body I go through it in the faith in Jesus Christ who loved me from the very beginning and let Himself crucify for me. That idea completely filled saint Brigid’s life. It was her contemplation of Jesus’ passion – not only His suffering but particularly His love which let people nail Him to the cross. While reading the passion of Jesus we should pay special attention to love Jesus radiated towards all people. He suffered and fell under the weight of the cross just for you. He suffered all kinds of pains to help you when you suffer and fall. He raised up from the fall to raise you up from your falls. He rose from the dead to make you rise with Him.
In a while, we are going to celebrate the mystery of Eucharist in which we will be immersed in Jesus, the true vine. When we receive the Holy Communion, Jesus will remain in us. We will be able to live in Him in the same way He lives in us. On saint Brigid’s day I wish that Eucharist would last in you and enable you to carry Jesus Christ wherever we go. While evangelizing on different stages in the town when the others stay before Jesus in the Holy Sacrament to adore Him, we will be all united in Him and with Him. Be great men and great ladies of Jesus Christ.