Monday, November 7, 2016
Not So Perfect
I hear some people say that good Christians are ones who follow the rules, believe the creed and for Catholics, go to church on Sundays. This supposedly makes you a follower of Jesus. But Jesus came before creeds and rules. He wanted his followers to be doers of his way. But there is something else here. His original gaggle of men and women were people of flaws, some more flawed than others. John seemed to be pretty good. Peter, not so much. Most seemed to be somewhat clueless. Talent seemed to be buried and needed some excavation to bring it out into the open. Not a good start, huh? Now look at yourself and the people around you. Do you write some of them off because of their flaws or seeming lack of smarts/talent? School teachers do this at their own and the students peril. Everyone has something to bring to the table. The teacher, parent, co-worker, friend, fellow student, can be loving by trying to find a way to bring out that talent. Passing a test, a good grade, does not guarantee that someone will be a doer of good later. Report cards do not have a grade line for selflessness, kindness, patience, mercy and forgiveness. If they did, how many of us would be failures, but with correct answers to creeds and rules.