As a child I always perceived saints as rather extraordinary women and men. Their faith and holiness always appeared well beyond my ability.
Years later I discovered that many of the saints’ lives were much more alike our own. Many faced great struggles in their lives. Some wrestled with faith, others with their own sinfulness. Yet one thing remained true—they all strove to be faithful followers of Christ.
Sts. Peter and Paul are perfect examples of this. The Scriptures tell us of Peter’s great rejection of Jesus, even in the moment of Jesus’ greatest suffering. Paul persecuted Jesus’ body, the Church. Both had their weaknesses. Yet Jesus called them to be his greatest apostles.
When we reflect on Scriptures and God’s action in our lives, we realize that God does not call the perfect, but those who are truly human. As Jesus shared with his disciples, “those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners. (Mark 2:17)”
All of us, no matter how great we struggle with our faith and sinfulness, God still comes to us and call us to be his sons and daughters. We need not turn away from God’s invitation, but respond the best we can, each and every day, to that call.
-Don Beyers, Marketing Manager.
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