This week, Fr. Armand shared about the Gospel of St. Luke’s account of how the Scribes and the Pharisees showed their hypocrisy in the way they acted. Jesus was invited by a Pharisee to dine at his home, and then was criticized for not following the Jewish cleansing customs. Jesus told the Pharisee, “Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil. You fools!” (Lk. 11: 39) They were rule-oriented and without going into the essence and meaning behind the law.
In our spiritual life, this can happen when we are so ticked with rules and yet do not understand the reason behind it. Jesus preached the Gospel of Love, which was mostly misunderstood by the Jews. I often feel how sad it is that they’re missing the point, and missing the Messiah passing by! There’s more to the rules than just what the Jews follow. If we are to be Christ’s disciples, there’s the need for us to be compassionate, to be more loving. It’s easier said than done, right?
Believing in Jesus wasn’t and isn’t always easy to do. Yes it’s easy to believe, to love, but following Him is an entirely different story. What does it take then to be a faithful follower of Christ?
It’ll take commitment. History tells us a lot of stories about people who were advised to quit just short of a great accomplishment. Abraham Lincoln failed a lot of times before succeeding. He ran for state legislature and lost. He entered business and failed, spending 17 years paying off his debts. He ran for Congress and was defeated. He ran for the United States Senate and was defeated. He finally became president of the United States. He didn’t give up! He was committed!
Benjamin Franklin was told it was foolish experimenting with lightning. Luckily, he didn’t give up. He was committed! Thomas Edison performed nearly a thousand experiments before discovering the proper material for the filament in the light bulb. Edison wouldn’t quit. He was committed!
The key that unlocks our faith in the Lord is our commitment.
Commitment is the motivator that keeps us moving towards our mission. It propels us, it drives us, it energizes. Commitment lets other people know where we stand and lets our hearts feel the thrill of pursuing our mission. Commitment keeps us going while others quit.
“Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.” (Lk. 10: 3)