May 16, 2020

If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world… the world hates you. .

We seem to find a paradox here: the world is spoken of as an evil place, one inimical to the Christian message. And yet, this same gospel tells us that “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son so that the world might be saved through him” (John 6:13). In other words, God does not consider the world beyond redemption. Jesus came for this very purpose.

However, it is also a fact that the value system of the world in which we live is significantly different from the values of Christ. And we are caught up in this world and can easily be seduced by it without even realizing that we are, as Jesus told Peter, “thinking as the world thinks, not as God thinks!” (Mark 8:32-33). The materialism, the individualism, and the generally hedonistic attitude of those around us often mean that our own efforts to live more in accord with Christian values can be met not with admiration but with anger. No one likes having their way of life challenged by those who teach otherwise.

The Eucharist, which is such a central part of our life and practice, should remind us of how Jesus’ own life was one lived for others. His example of kindness and concern ever stand in opposition to the “me first” attitude we are seeing too often as we struggle to “get back to normal” when so many of our sisters and brothers on the margins and among the poor are suffering and dying from Covid-19.

How can I live my life as a true Christian today and during these difficult times?

Let Us Pray:

O Jesus, help me to live my life in conscious imitation of your gift of self to us all. May my prayer each day be to imitate you more and more in how I think and in all that I say and do.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015.