The Light

Posted by on Sep 3, 2011 in Blog/Articles | 0 comments

“Why do you eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” -Luke 5:30-32

We often accredit ourselves to being “good people.”  “I am a good person” many will say.  It is dangerous in our arrogance to proclaim that we have merited our own “goodness” and assume that we have any worth apart from Christ who is The Administer of the Sacraments and is Himself every Sacrament.

Aquinas taught that human nature is intrinsically good (because we are made in the image and likeness of God) but corrupted. He recognized the concept of a “greater good” (ie, seeking obedience to God) and a “lesser good” (seeking what we desire – but not by evil means).  Granted that man, under his corrupted human nature,  often chooses the lesser good, we must then conclude that much of what makes us good is for God alone to boast of. We are but frail creatures who are indebted to Him because of His great kindness to us for revealing Himself as all three persons of The Trinity within those merciful, healing sacraments that pour out the balm of love and sacrifice over the open sores of our painful leprosy. And not even then are we worthy enough to boast of our goodness…we are vessels of goodness like many before us. Through the sincere and continuous confession of sins and reception of Christ Present in the Eucharist, and through the humble acceptance of our afflictions, trials, and sufferings, we become purified like gold tested in fire.  For we must at every moment be striving and grasping to sober ourselves of our selfish desires and constantly see to it that our feet are firmly set upon the path of Divinity.  For love that is not in a constant state of renewal..wastes away.  As St. Gregory the Great once said (today is his feast day) =) :

“The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.”

Our worth becomes greater only because we see that we are liars hiding behind our faces in our selfish conceit and go about scraping and chipping away our own foolish make believe character that we call our “selves” and make way for Christ. There is guilt in one who is caught up in the self because he knows that he is trying to fill himself with himself alone. The ugly mask of this selfishness is often mistaken for the self when it is not the self.  In reality, we become increasingly more like ourselves when the Face of Christ increasingly becomes more visible within us. Our salvation cannot be merely earned.

We cannot be simply religious for the sake of having a religion or imposing our own beliefs on others in vain. We must be always in a constant state of sincere, true, and honest humility.  For the time being, we are merely ‘borrowers’ of holiness..and in the end we will return it.  We must roll back our selfish curtains and make way for The Light to shine beautifully through the transparent glass of our souls…for The Body of Christ is only composed of those who are in a constant state of striving to give (as did Christ), and not striving to take like the Pharisees that Jesus speaks to in the above verse..may we always strive to keep that celestial fire that sews and reaps humility within us.  I pray that we humble ourselves enough to rejoice in being addressed as the sick that do not claim to be healthy.  For “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.”

“Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O no! it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.” -William Shakespeare