Live as Children of Light

Dear Parishioners and Visitors,

If we look to the heart of others, the good in others, then we are acting in sync with how God looks at us. The prophet Samuel was led by God to anoint young David, the Spirit-filled King of Israel. By our baptism into Jesus Christ we too are anointed with Sacred Chrism to "Live as children of light" as St. Paul writes in Ephesians. In John's narrative of the Man Born Blind notice the manner in which he was treated after Jesus gave him sight with even his parents answering the Pharisees with fear and not coming to their son's aid. It was only Jesus who encouraged the man with new sight. There is something here of note. The man was born blind and therefore, never had seen through his eyes, ever. What we learn here is something about Jesus· identity as God because He spit on the ground and making clay, smeared the clay on the blind man's eyes. This is what God did in creating human beings. The day when Jesus used His own saliva with dirt to make clay, Jesus created sight in the man. One cannot heal what is not there; therefore, sight was created for the first time in the man's eyes. Jesus is always much more than our limited definitions of Him.

As we have entered the mid-point of this penitential season, it is good to review our understanding of Who Jesus Is in our lives. Another worthy review of ourselves is the answer to the following question: When I notice God's wondrous creative work in another am I able to rejoice and encourage the person or do I consider the other as a threat to my ego? We are each of us gifted and, therefore, there is no reason in living in the light of Christ to compete against one another in accomplishing God's will. Gossip, slander, lies, and false witness are incompatible with Catholic Christian life. Encouragement, loving admonishment, speaking the truth, and delighting in others' successes is a firm foundation in living the Truth of our Triune God.

In God's loving kindness,

-fr. Chris, O.P.