...is his life’s example.
Yesterday, we mentioned a few people whose
example showed that there’s a possibility of living a good life. It’s
interesting to see why we call their lives “good”. What do we like
about how they lived? What parts of their lives do we admire and what
parts of their lives do we gloss over because it may tarnish their
In all of the examples
given yesterday we can see that what we love about each of these great
people is how they conform to the example given to us in Christ. We
love Blessed Theresa because of her extreme love for the poor; like
Jesus’ love for the poor. We admire St. Thomas Moore for his fidelity
to truth; like Jesus’ fidelity to truth. Even Gandhi (a Hindu) is
beloved because of his rejection of worldly violence to achieve a goal;
like Christ’s rejection of violence by telling Peter to put away his
sword (Mt 26:52) and his insistence that, if he asked it, God could
easily rescue him from danger (Mt 26:53).
When we evaluate what
we admire and disdain in others (and ourselves) we find that what we
admire conforms to Christ’s life and what we disdain doesn’t. Even
today Muslims regard Jesus as a “prophet” and (most) Jews refer to him
as a “good man” because whatever you may feel about his claims to
divinity he lived a life of complete consistency.
next few days we’ll look at other reasons Catholics believe in Christ
but for today the fact that the example of his life fits the ideal
standard of how we ought to live is yet another reason Catholics believe
Jesus Christ is the way God chose to save us.