“A good life makes a man wise according to God and gives him experience in many things, for the more humble he is and the more subject to God, the wiser and the more ant peace he will be in all things.” (Imitation of Christ by Thomas Kempis)
Having a good life is at the heart of every new year resolution or advertisement. But what do the words: “having a good life” mean to us Catholics? It means to do good things and follow God. Following the Lord is a tough challenge indeed. One only needs to read from the Gospel of Matthew: “You have heard how it was said: Eye for eye and tooth for tooth. But I say this to you: offer no resistance to the wicked. On the contrary, if anyone hits you on the right cheek, offer him the other as well.” The challenge is great it is contrary to one’s natural, imperfect, all to human response.
But Christ did not abandon us He preached what He lived and lived what He preached. When we contemplate on Christ’s final hours we don’t see an angry, swearing, troublesome rebel on the contrary we see a tender, silent, pious man. Thus in a world of anger, we are asked to be tender and kind, not in a salesperson type of kindness, not one which seeks to be profitable but tender to all whoever they man be. We have often heard that “silence is golden”, this couldn’t be more true for us who seek to contemplate and reflect on the Lord’s words and how they would change our lives should we follow them and treasure them in our hearts.
Piety is a word which has become strange in a world so impure. To be pious means to remain pure and loyal to God by avoiding all that rips us apart from God’s affection and infinite love.
To walk with God is hard, it is very difficult indeed, but we can all do our best. We can all pray everyday and make the Lord present in everyday of our lives.
Let this be every year’s resolution, to be perfect like Our Father is perfect.