February 17, 2022

My brothers and sisters, show no partiality as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. (James 2:1)

“Adhere” … what an interesting word choice. It means “to bind oneself to observance.” It is an intentional choice, and it comes with responsibilities and consequences. Faith in Jesus requires us to love what he loves and to hate what he hates…sin. But first, we must learn to recognize him.

One of the most embarrassing moments from my childhood was when I grabbed on to the wrong mom. I remember latching on in fear and looking up. I was searching for safety but found a face that was “not mom.” I do not fully know why I felt shame, but perhaps I thought I should recognize my own mom. Maybe it is part of a built-in survival mechanism… being able to latch on to the right mom.

“But who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29). …Perhaps Jesus is asking us to look up and see who are we latching on to? Whose teachings are we adhering to? Are we “adhering to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ,” or are we latching on to the values of the world? Do we think as God does or as human beings do? (verse 33) Perhaps we are fooling ourselves by thinking we can do both.

“The cross is not a punishment; it is a consolation. The saints have understood this. That is why they are attached to it.” (Saint Peter Julian Eymard)

When we love our neighbor as ourselves, we nail our preferences to the Cross. When we hang on to Christ crucified, whatever is pulling us in a different direction will eventually let go. All we need to do is bind ourselves in love.

Let us pray:

Lord, sometimes it is very difficult to make the right choice. Our fallen nature and the comforts of the world pull us away from your love. We ask for the grace to learn to recognize your voice. Give us the courage to look at the Cross and not think as the world does, but to see it is not a punishment but a consolation of your love.


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About Ivonne Hernandez

Ivonne is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Holiday, Florida.