There’s that old kitchy song I think we are all familiar with “they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” Don’t worry, we will never sing that here.
But it does raise a good question, would anyone ever know that we are Christian? That we are Catholic? Aside from wearing a crucifix or a patron saint medal - by how we act, even when no one is looking, would anyone know that we are disciples of Jesus Christ?
There’s a quote attributed to Gandhi that said ‘Your Christ I have no problem with, it’s you Christians I can’t stand.’ How true is that, when the students so poorly reflect the master - as you and I tend to do.
Cause we tend not to love very well. We like a lot - we like those who like us, those who think like us, those who look like us - we like those who bring us pleasure or some kind of happiness - we even like Jesus when we He’s cute and fuzzy Jesus and He gives us what we want and then goes away - but Jesus didn’t say any of that - cause that’s all easy.
I give you a new commandment, love one another as I have loved you. ‘I asked Jesus how much He loved me, then he stretched out his arms and died for me.’ Jesus’ love is lavish and limitless, how about ours - not for those we like, but mostly for those we don’t.
To love lavishly, without exception - as Jesus loves. That’s how others will know we really follow Jesus. That’s how we will know. When we empty ourselves, and start to live differently. God Help us all +