Jesus is the Standard, not some dude you know
Catholics understand that we are all called to holiness. That is why it is called the Universal Call. This call to “be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect” applies to you whether you are Catholic, Protestant, agnostic, atheist, white, black, slave, free, man, woman, boy, or girl.
And since we know these words (Mt 5:48) come from Jesus, who is the Christ, we know they are trustworthy. So now what?
Now you could do what many do and convince yourself that God only winks at justice and that He overlooks your iniquities. Problem is that our God is a consuming fire. He is purity. Sin, even ignored sin, has no place in his presence. God is truth and justice. He cannot pretend.
Well then we can believe that God has set a standard that is impossible. That wpuld reduce Christ to an arrogant prick who is not trustworthy. Jesus does not command his followers to do what is impossible.
Jesus knows that in Him we are made righteous. Romans 6 reminds us that we have been born anew and are dead to the life of sin. If God has said you are clean, you are clean. This ontological change is wrought by Christ Himself, infusing you with His very life. What remains is for you to abide in Him.
Men, God has given us every possible grace so that we can live in Him and free from sin. It is hard work to strive against sin and temptation. The easy way is to give in. After all, isn’t everybody else giving in? The true fight is to stick it out like a man. “Submit, therefore to God. Resist the Devil and he will flee.” Why, because you are a badass? No, because the life of Christ in you is connecting you to the fullness of the Holy Trinity. God wins. Stick with Him and don’t strike out on your own.
Why this rant? Because I know how fickle we can be. I know how often we look at men getting away with things. We say, at least I am better than that guy. It doesn’t matter. God’s perfection is the standard. Best you and I get in gear and follow Him instead.
Posted on August 26, 2014, in Catholic Belief, Catholic Manliness, Sacraments of the Catholic Church and tagged catholic holiness, Catholic men, holy men, Sanctification. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.