So be perfect, just has your heavenly Father is perfect
My dear brothers and Sisters, Today’s gospel invites us to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. Our heavenly Father is perfect because He is Love in Himself. And out of love for us we are all created in the image and likeness of God. The image of God in us means God created us to be free, freedom to make choices, it is the ability to love, to forgive, and to live our lives everyday making the choice to be sustained by God Himself. Because we were created in freedom, we can also choose things and ways that may separate us from God. This is why this invitation from the Lord is on point. The good news however is that the grace of God is enough for us to make choices that would both enhance our relationship with God and enhance our humanity. We are called to take advantage of God’s grace and consciously and consistently create an environment that enriches us in the things of God. The Psalmist said, “Your word is a lamp for my steps” If we are enriched with the word of God, if we remain in constant communication with God through prayers, then it will be very easy to make choices that will lead to being like God.
In John 16:33, Jesus said, “In this world you will find tribulation, but be of great courage, I have overcome the world.” Temptation is real, especially in our world today, but the grace of God abound in our lives too. I love the story of the elderly American Indian chief who says to the young people that the inner struggle inside us are like two dogs fighting: a good dog and a bad dog. Sometimes, the good dog defeats the bad dog and at other times the bad dog defeats the good dog. After describing what the nature of the inner struggle, one of the young people asked the elder, “Which of these dogs eventually wins the fight?” The elder answers, “The dog you feed more.” This is to say that the quality of food we give to the soul supports us in our inner struggle. I will conclude by sharing this beautiful Chinese proverb: “If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world. ”If you live a life of grace, you will offer grace to other people naturally. I pray that we may all be guided by God’s grace, living lives of Love, Forgiveness.
God bless you,
Fr. Sylvester O.