St. Maximillian Mary Kolbe

St. Maximillian Mary Kolbe, Priest and Martyr
Ezekiel 2:8—3:4  +  Matthew 18:1-5,10,12-14
August 14, 2018

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones….”

For you to be a saint means to live your life in Christ, and at the same time to allow Christ to live His life in you.  This means nothing more or less than having the relationship between Jesus and His Father live in your own heart and mind.  This is something mystical, but nonetheless is part and parcel of being an ordinary Christian.  It’s not just for monks and nuns who spend each day in prayer.

By contrast, it’s not as if an ordinary Christian first reads stories from the Gospel about Jesus and the Father, and then says, “Gee, I’d like to have that kind of relationship with God the Father.  I think I’ll try to imitate Jesus.”  To think along that line is to put the cart before the horse.  To think that way is to ignore the truth that at your baptism, the two events of being adopted by God the Father and becoming a member of the Mystical Body of Christ are really part and parcel of each other.  Both are accomplished at the same time by God the Father’s love.  In other words, it’s not so much that Jesus is our “older brother” spiritually, whose relationship with the Father we admire.  Rather, it’s as members of Christ’s Mystical Body that you and I share in the sonship of Jesus.

To ignore all this—to put the cart before the horse—is to forget that any relationship between a father and child is based on the primacy of the father’s love.  Especially in a culture like ours, children are at risk of believing that it’s their accomplishments that earn them their fathers’ and God’s love.  As Christians we must combat this ethic, for our own spiritual lives as well as for those of our children.