Dear Parish Family:
Whoever serves me must follow me, says the Lord;
and where I am, there will my servant be.
How do we follow the Lord? This is a question we all must ask ourselves and be able to answer honestly. It is easy to follow Jesus when times are easy and the way is smooth. Anyone can be a good Christian in the best of times. It takes a saint to be a good Christian when times get really hard. But in between the best of times and the worst of times are the times in which most of us will live most of our lives. Those are the times that are not at either extreme… the average times.
Average times do not call for average Christians. Christ was never average. He transformed the ordinary into the extraordinary and made the mundane remarkable. If we want to be true servants and followers of Our Lord, we must be prepared to go where He leads us, no matter the circumstances.
So, when we ask, How do we follow the Lord? the possible answers are many but the correct answers are few. If we want to be true servants of Our Saviour, the only answer we should give is, “In love, and without reservation,” because that is the life in Christ to which we are called.
We don’t know where Christ will lead us. We don’t know what tomorrow may bring: joy or sorrow; comfort or misery. But we do know that in our lives we can expect good times and bad. That is part of the human condition. If we are only average Christians when the times are good, then we are not preparing ourselves for the possible realities in which we may eventually find ourselves when times are not good.
Christ was not lukewarm and He does not want us to be lukewarm, either. Let us all pray for the grace to be extraordinary Christians even in ordinary times, for it is the extraordinary Christians who can transform the world and accomplish the work of the Kingdom of God… work to which every one of us is called by virtue of the dignity of his or her Christian baptism.