25 May 2016
In our Catholic Tradition there’s the idea of “the martyrdom of obscurity.” Some of the saints are witnesses to Christ’s love by shedding their blood; they’re the “red martyrs.” Some others are witnesses to Christ’s love through selfless giving; they’re the “white martyrs.”
And still other saints are witnesses to Christ’s love through ways only God knows; they’re the “obscure martyrs.” They simply serve and love others without fanfare, without recognition by others; nor do they seek attention. They share the love of Christ with others for the sheer joy of being Christ to others.
Many of us will not have to shed our blood for our faith. Many of us won’t become public examples of Christian charity. But most of will be called to that other martyrdom—that other type of Christian witness—the “martyrdom of obscurity.” That’s our common vocation in life: simply to love and serve in the name of Jesus. And that’s our common joy as well: simply to love and serve in the name of Jesus.
Whether we’re recognized or not for the good we do, may our joy and satisfaction simply be: To love and serve for the love of God.