1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-27; Psalm 84:3-6, 12;Luke 6:39-42
The Most Holy Name of Mary
When fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher. (Luke 6:40)
What a vision Jesus had for his disciples—and for us! We can actually become like him in our attitudes and thoughts, in our desires and dreams. Where the world tells us to have smaller hopes—maybe just to get over one or two sin patterns—Jesus tells us to raise our expectations and believe that he wants to do so much more in us.
But can we really become like Christ, even to the core of our beings? Yes we can, but it doesn’t happen automatically. In fact, it can be downright painful at times. How many times have you had a hint that God wants to shine his light into a dark corner of your heart—but you have turned away? Maybe it’s envy of someone who has more than you do. Maybe it’s a desire to condemn instead of forgive someone who has hurt you.
It’s only as we let the Lord expose the darkness within us that we will begin to experience his light. And it’s a light that does far more than banish darkness. Like the sun, this light brings warmth, growth, and new beginnings. It transforms even as it illuminates. It’s the way God always works. Long before he became our Lawgiver or our Judge, he was our Creator, shaping us to become vessels of his own divine life. Now all he asks is that we let him continue to shape us, removing whatever impurities we have allowed in through sin.
This is why the Sacrament of Reconciliation is such a blessing. It’s also why it’s called a celebration. In Confession we move from darkness to light, rejoicing in the mercy of a God who wants nothing more than to make us like himself. By actively deciding to confess our sins, we can invite Jesus to prune us like an expert gardener so that we can bear fruit for him. By removing the “logs” from our eyes in Confession, we can be enlightened more. We can become more like Jesus, our great Teacher, Lord, and Friend.
“Holy Spirit, burn in my heart. Set aflame all that stands in opposition to you. I want to look at people with the eyes of Christ. You have loved me so much, Lord; help me to give your love away.”