Here’s a song to listen while reading:
What do our souls and brushing teeth have in common? I was asking myself that same questions but I had this random thought that came to me during mass today.
Going to mass in a state of mortal sin is like eating a delicious vanilla cake without having brushed your teeth for five days. This cake is still good but it could be better. Just like going to mass in this state isn’t wrong but it could be better.
Going to confession is the best way to clean the soul just like brushing our teeth is the best way to clean our mouth. And when we clean our soul we can better live out the mass. Same with brushing your teeth, when you do so the cake will taste much better.
All this to say that if I want a better experience I have to prepare myself in advance. This might sound simple and it should be simple. This preparation will help bring a healthier life. (maybe not eating too much cake) But brushing your teeth is something healthy to do just as admitting our faults is something important to do as well. I have seen people who aren’t Catholic admit their faults and work on them more than other people who consider themselves Catholic. Just because you consider yourself something it doesn’t mean you are.
If I say that I am a dog does it mean I’m a dog? No I’m still a human, made in God’s image BUT I try to better myself, I strive to become the best version of myself.
The readings from today really touched me as well (John 13:31-33, 34-35). Jesus said Little Children what beauty in there. The way I see is that Jesus sees us as little children, we are naive, we are supposed to be in complete surrender to God’s will just like babies with their guardian. Not in this gospel but in another one Jesus said Let the little children come to me. Another beautiful verse. God is calling us to be childlike in our faith. Trust and love God just like a child trusts and loves their guardian.
The last verse in this gospel is It is by your love for one another, that everyone will recognize you as my disciples.
Wow! We have to love one another without words and more so with actions. We don’t have to prove the love but just show it. We shouldn’t have to tell people Yes I’m Christian because I do this and that. No! People should know you are a Christians by your actions.
This makes me think of the lyrics of a song And they’ll know we are Christians by our love…’
Am I having to prove I’m a Christian or am I actually living my life as a Christian?
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