Bishop Robert Barron said, “A saint is a friend of God. A saint is someone of heroic virtue. A saint is someone who is in heaven. A saint is someone who has allowed Christ to live his life in him.”
God wants nothing more than for us to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. It begins here and now. By cooperating with the love and grace that God gives you, through the Sacraments and in His Church, your life in Christ points to the ultimate destination, Heaven.
“And I live, now not I; but Christ liveth in me. And that I live now in the flesh: I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20
In Matthew’s Gospel the disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea. Peter said, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” As Peter was walking on the water he was fine as long as his focus (and faith) was on Jesus. But as soon as he took his eyes off Jesus, his faith diminished and Peter started to sink.
Taking the focus off Christ gives way for temptation to set in and we’re more likely to commit sin. The word sin is an archery term that means “to miss the mark.” Our aim and our goal is that bullseye which is Jesus Christ (and Heaven). Deep down we want to be a saint, but sometimes we miss the mark. That is why we have the Sacrament of Reconciliation. To forgive us and to help us from committing the same sins again.
Fishers of Men
Jesus said in Matthew 4:19, “Come after me, and I will make you to be fishers of men.” In other words, “your life is about to change.” Change is not always easy. Moving through uncharted waters, so to speak, makes us uncomfortable. Consider how God has worked through you thus far. We first have to open up and allow change to happen. Achieving sainthood is a lot easier when we cooperate. I cannot think of a better example of someone saying yes than our Blessed Mother, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word.” (Luke 1:38)
“The only real sadness, the only real failure, the only great tragedy in life, is not to become a saint.” -Leon Bloy
Be a Saint
Growing up in the 80s there was a popular slogan: “Be Like Mike.” Be like Michael Jordan. People often times look up to movie stars and athletes. Desiring to be like them or to look like them. What if we modeled our lives after a saint? The beauty of the Catholic Church is that we have so many saints from all different backgrounds, personalities, and experiences. So many different saints to choose from to look up to and pattern our lives after.
Heaven is our final destination. Rather than settle to be the last one out of Purgatory, strive to be a saint here and now. If you “miss the mark” by committing a sin, go to Reconciliation. If you get sidetracked and lose sight of Jesus, explore a deeper prayer life, read daily Scripture, or go to Eucharistic Adoration.
“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
-St. Augustine of Hippo
by John Connor