Yesterday's readings were all about holiness, i.e., the sanctity of our lives. We belong to Christ, who belongs to God (1 Corinthians 3:23), and Christ challenges us to "be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5:48). Again, if we look at the lives of the Saints, we have examples of those who have achieved that goal, who, though imperfect themselves, have taken on Christ fully and so become holy and perfect.
Have you ever had a really bad day, where everything goes wrong, including you? Bad choices, bad temper, bad relationships - and suddenly you come to the full realization of just how sinful you are. I had one of those days on Saturday - and became overwhelmed with thinking: who was I to try and be holy? I went to Reconciliation where I was reminded that God calls us, not based on our own holiness, but on His Son's. I then thought of Josephine Bakhita, who must have had her bad days also, but who accepted her human frailty and pushed on, confident of God's love for her. She wrote: "I am definitely loved and whatever happens to me - I am awaited by this Love. And so my life is good."
"I am awaited by this Love..." Something we all need to remember. I read a book once which said we need to preach the Gospel to ourselves each day - and it's so true. We are all sinners, but if we accept Christ's sacrifice we are sinners awaited by Love.
Yes, we should continue to strive towards sanctity, but whether your day is "bad" or "good", remember Who and What awaits you - a holy, perfect God who loves you just as much as He loves all His Saints.
St. Josephine Bakhita, pray for us!