Among Christ’s revelations to St. Margaret Mary was this: “Be careful never to look at yourself apart from me.” A tiny sentence, but very powerful for meditation! How do we look at and perceive ourselves? Do we include Christ in that perception?
People have tried to analyze themselves for centuries, to understand their weaknesses and capitalize on their strengths. We take classes, we go to therapy, we read books, all so that we can make the most of ourselves. But what about making the most of God? Where does He fit into the equation of our lives?
If we only rely on our own resources, we will naturally reach a point where we run dry, whether that is emotionally, spiritually, creatively, or physically. But if we are connected to God through prayer, through the Sacraments, and through interaction with the Body of Christ, then we are doing as Christ commanded: “Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me” (John 15:4).
Like Peter sinking in the sea, if we take our eyes off of Jesus and put them on ourselves, we are doomed to failure. Today, take a good look at yourself, but see Christ! Don’t be self-confident; be Christ-confident. Don’t be self-controlled; be Christ-controlled. Don’t be self-conscious; be Christ-conscious. Be the person you were meant to be...in Him!
St. Margaret Mary, pray for us!