The truth is hard to swallow at times, it’s uncomfortable to have to admit we were wrong, that we chose a path that wasn’t correct, or that we simply didn’t understand what was going on. Pride gets in the way as we come up with a million reasons to dismiss the truth and try to continue on as nothing had changed. The old familiar lies seem so much easier to continue living with than changing ourselves.
Christ is always challenging us to accept the truth, always reminding us that He is The Word manifest, that He is truth.
It’s easy enough for us to claim discipleship, to give ourselves a pat on the back when we do a good deed and help someone in need, but Christ wants more from us. His uncomfortable truth for us is that; as we are, we are not good enough. We do not love enough, we do not forgive readily enough, and we do not show mercy and compassion at every opportunity we encounter. The joyful truth for us is; Christ knows that we are not perfect and loves us anyway. He forgives us at our asking and shows mercy and compassion at every turn.
In a homily earlier this year, Pope Francis said that, “It is hypocritical to call oneself a Christian and send away a refugee, or one who needs my help," but we can take that a step further and see that we cannot call ourselves Christians, or disciples if we do not at all times look to acting like disciples. We cannot in one moment do good work, and the next refuse refuge to someone in need.
The truth that is so uncomfortable to bare sometimes, is that Christ wants us to be Christ-Like, not just sometimes, but all the time. He wants us to be His body on earth. Our hands should be those who feed the poor in His name. Our arms should hold those suffering in His name. Our hearts should feel the pain of our brothers and sisters in His name.
We should aspire to be Christ-like, recognizing that if sometimes we forget who we’re supposed to be, Christ is always loving and forgiving
Help me to see the world as You do, with eyes of compassion and love.
Help me to always forgive, and to give of myself.
Grant me a heart filled with joy and peace so that I may share it with others.
Grow in me a nature that is more and more like Your Son every day.
I ask this in the name of Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.