I was an avowed atheist when I was six. Our parents dutifully sent my sister (8) and me off to Sunday school every week (well, semi-dutifully) with a quarter in our right fist and shiny shoes on our feet to see what we could learn. We didn’t go to the church service afterward, and no […]
So what is the biggest lie in the history of Christianity? The biggest lie in the history of Christianity is that holiness is not possible for me. And of course it is. Holiness is possible for you, it is possible for me, and it’s possible one moment at a time.
People who live astoundingly spiritual lives, people who live holy lives, their lives aren’t one action. Their lives are a collection of thousands and thousands of moments—and not all of them Holy Moments. You look at some of the heroes of Christianity throughout the ages, you look at some of the people that God chose to use before Christianity that he had great relationships with, and there were some very dark, dark moments in their lives.
How many Holy Moments have you created today? How many Holy Moments willyou create today? It is a very, very, very powerful truth. It’s a life-changing truth. The truth is, holiness is possible for you, one moment at a time. So let’s get out there and keep creating Holy Moments.
|Bishop Robert Barron
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus calls us to “be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
Mercy or tender compassion (chesed in the Hebrew of the Old Testament) is God’s most distinctive characteristic. St. Augustine reminded us that we are, by our very nature, ordered to God. But since God is tender mercy, “having” God is tantamount to exercising compassion, being merciful ourselves.
And attend to what Jesus says next: “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you.” According to the “physics” of the spiritual order, the more one draws on the divine life, the more one receives that life, precisely because it is a gift and is properly infinite. God’s life is had, as it were, on the fly: when you receive it as a gift, you must give it away, since it only exists in gift form, and then you will find more of it flooding into your heart.
If you want to be happy, Jesus is saying, this divine love, this chesed of God, must be central to your life; it must be your beginning, your middle, and your end.
Reflect: How does judging others, even those you love, block love?