"I advised you to read the New Testament and to enter into each scene and take part in it, as one more of the characters. The minutes you spend in this way each day enable you to incarnate the Gospel, reflect it in your life and help others to reflect it." (St. Josemaria Escrivá)
Yesterday's Gospel told the story of the fig tree which didn't bear any fruit, and so was cursed by Christ and withered, never to bear fruit again (Mark 11:11-26). I put myself in the story as a bystander, as Josemaria Escrivá suggests. One line in the Gospel tells us that "it wasn't the season for figs", and I remember thinking that it wasn't really fair - how could Jesus expect there to be fruit when it wasn't even in season? "Well, Lord", I countered, "how could that have been the poor tree's fault?"
But then a line from another scripture verse came to me: "preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction" (2 Timothy 4:2) "Wow, Fr. Escrivá!" I thought, "this really does work!" So, okay, God is asking us to always be ready - no matter what the season we should bear fruit for Him. That means whether we are having a good day or a bad day, whether we are tired or wired, whether we are with family or friends or strangers.
To "incarnate the Gospel", to make it come alive in our life, is a sure way to keep our feet walking the path of the Saints. St. Josemaria Escrivá taught that it was another way to encounter Jesus, to cut across time and space in a sense. God gave us our imagination, and we should use it for good. Try reading the life of Christ in the way Fr. Escrivá suggests - ask Jesus the questions you have, share with Him what you are feeling - He is as close as the turn of a page.
St. Josemaria Escrivá, pray for us!