Friday, June 3, 2011
A Piece of Fruit
The Church is like a piece of fruit. Some of the fruit is really good and healthy for the body. Some we just cast aside, such as a pit or outer skin. But the fruit would not be a fruit without those parts we cast aside as uneatable. The Church is graced, but it is also human. Some Catholics treat this reality like a piece of fruit that they throw away completely because of skin or pits. Such people are not fed at all and the soul suffers. Christ is in the sacraments. The sacraments include priests and congregations that can be somewhat pit-if-full. This is the Church founded on Christ. If it good enough for God, then why should we reject the whole body because of some things that are less nourishing or even lethal if taken in? We put up with pits and outer skins of fruit to get the nourishing parts. The Church will never be perfect, and completely nourishing. But why starve our inner life because of imperfections? We don't want to become a pit that might turn off someone else do we?