I have never heard of anyone perfect in every way, except for Mary Poppins and Jesus – nor have I met them physically.
However, popular psychology advises how I can become more perfect: be helpful, listen, forgive, and so many other attributes to add. Being perfect is an impossibility, but once understood and accepted, we can move on with our lives without this worry and concern about being perfect.
We also hear that buying the perfect car, clothes, house, and wine will put us into a “perfect land.” Someone has determined that we can look perfect without being perfect. It’s a scam.
So, if we can’t be perfect, why try? But then we become seriously imperfect, which will be highly annoying to others. Nevertheless, we are obliged to strive for perfection, to be whole and complete as God has designed us. Who am I? An angry person? Irresponsible? Apathetic? The list goes on. We can do the right thing. We can be righteous. We can be ‘right with God’ and bring that kind of righteousness to others.
The laconic example of the gospel of reconciling our difference with our brother applies to the right way of connecting to others. But what is there to reconcile? There’s no sense in being nice to a particular person who is extremely difficult. Understandable arguments, but not righteous. The deadly sin, anger or wrath, requires resolution on both sides – the aggrieved and the aggriever. Resolve the anger within so as to resolve the anger of others. Even though we may not be the provoker, we are part of the equation to reduce the anger.
We go to the altar, place our gift of self into the Incarnation’s continuous reenactment, and go forward righteously – doing the right thing.
Lord, as imperfect as we may be, in your loving kindness, forgive us. May we act each moment of our lives righteously. Amen.
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