Which One in the Crowd am I?

“None of us start out as saints.” That pretty much describes us and causes us to think, almost automatically, “Well, where am I, now”. I saw that statement used in conjunction with yesterday’s Gospel, when Christ chose the twelve apostles. -1 Couple that thought with Paul’s statement, in today’s Epistle to the Philippians: “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus”. -2

When the two are brought together in close proximity, it becomes loud and clear that we are a work in progress. We agonize over our mistakes. We dwell so much on the errors of our ways that we forget about Christ’s love for us. It is almost like we can’t turn to Christ UNTIL we clear up our mistakes. Talk about the cart before the horse!! It isn’t up to us. We are not the solution to our problems, Christ is. We did not start out as saints, and we are not saints now, and yet, wonder of wonders…Christ loves us, right now.

Somewhere along the line, we, mankind, got the impression that we were masters of our own lives. We could do anything. Maybe it is pride, maybe it is a leftover from the first sin, maybe it is confidence in our mental abilities, but wherever it stems from, it falls short. When Christ said, “I am the Way”,-3 He turned the key to unlock the process for us. I guess we thought they were just pretty words, signifying nothing. Nobody told us to pursue this unlocked door. If we wish to be free of the guilt, free of the gnawing feeling that something is not quite right with us then open the door.

The door has been unlocked for us, by Jesus. He has redeemed us. He loves us. He has told us to follow Him, to follow His example. He is not asking heroic deeds of us. He is simply saying, “Love one another, as I have loved you.”-4 Sounds simple enough, but realize that includes ourselves, as well.

We asked ourselves, at the beginning, if we did not start out as saints, then “Well, where am I now?” That question is filled with high expectations of ourselves. The expectations arise out of the “NOW” part. We must have made some progress. Then, how much? How close are we to Christ? How much do we feel the love of Christ in us? How much do we love everyone else? How many exceptions are there to that love? Answer these questions, honestly, and you will know HOW MUCH.

-1 Luke 6:13
-2 Philippians 1:6
-3 Jesus said to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father, but by me. John 14:6
-4 A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. John 13:34