Since man’s life on earth is a time of trial, and all who would live devotedly in Christ must undergo persecution, and the devil your foe is on the prowl like a roaring lion looking for prey to devour, you must use every care to clothe yourselves in God’s armour so that you may be ready to withstand the enemy’s ambush.
Rule of St. Albert, No. 18
When Jesus came to save mankind He was rejected by his people. They could not accept that the world’s savior is a mere carpenter’s son who acts like a servant. They were waiting for a great king with a glorious army who would strike all their enemies with one blow.
Jesus was a stone which the builders rejected because he was not big enough, but then in the end he will become the foundation of God’s kingdom.
Sometimes we are blinded by our own criteria of what should be’s that we fail to see God’s hands.
A friend was asked by the first congregation he joined to leave because they thought he was not fit to be a religious. He was welcomed by another congregation who helped him overcome his issues and nurtured him to become one of the congregation’s exemplary members.
Because of our being human, we oftentimes fail but it doesn’t mean that that’s who we are, regardless of what others think.
Our criterion is different from God’s criterion, and we could not and should not assume that our standard is God’s standard. All that we can do is to love and be instruments of God’s grace by showing people what it means to be truly Christians.
For this, God has given us a sturdy armor that would help us, summed up by the three evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty, and obedience. As St. Raphael Kalinowski of St. Joseph, OCD would put it, “through chastity you can find the lord; through poverty you can walk closely with him; and through obedience you will never leave him.” What more do we need?
When was the last time you set your criterion on others instead of helping him become a true Christian?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.
The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. John bore witness to him, and cried, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.’”) And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known.
Lord, grant me a compassionate heart that I may be able to forgive the faults of others, and a pure heart that I may be able to lead them to you through my own life. Amen.