We have all experienced it. The priest tells us to “go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life,” and ten minutes later, I suddenly forget how to use the turn signal and my driving manners in the parking lot.
That’s one of the reasons I love Jesus. He doesn’t forget how to act under pressure, guys. In fact, Jesus' life embodies living out our faith so perfectly. He had moments earlier finished His Sermon on the Plain (See Luke 6:20-49), and He is immediately approached by a centurion’s messengers asking for a miracle (See Luke 7:1-10).
If this were me, I would be thinking, “Guys, I JUST finished giving a big sermon. I am hungry. I am tired. I need to decompress. Please email me, and I will get to this when I feel up for it.” Yet, Jesus practices what He taught only moments before. He recognizes the profound faith of the centurion, and the servant is healed. Jesus is faithful to His word.
We know Jesus is fully human and fully divine, and He had been speaking in that hot sun all day. When asked to go beyond His physical discomfort, He chose to. When I am asked again and again by my small children, and maybe you are asked again and again by classmates or work emails, to dig deep, to go beyond our/your fatigue, do we say yes?
And then, when we ask Our Lord again, and again, using those exact words of the centurion before Communion, does He listen to us? Yes, we know He does.
But after we are dismissed from Mass, how do we live out what we just experienced? How do we share that love, dig deep into it? I want to leave Mass with His Spirit. I want to never tire of living out the Gospel.
Join me in praying an Act of Faith prayer today.
Jenna Hines has a teeny army of four children and is married to a bearded fellow named Mike. They are a homeschooling family who just moved out to the country. Find her books and illustrations in her shop. You can find out more about her here.