St. Peter said unto Jesus, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” How many of us can echo these ancients words of humility? Am I a sinner? The answer to this question is ALWAYS yes. Why? Precisely, because we, as mere human beings are but imperfect, broken and frail in our one common nature…our humanity. Every human being who was ever blessed with life was, is now, and always will be mere broken people. No king, emperor or person of fame, fortune or power will ever enter into, live through, or exist in the future without living life as mere mortals…imperfect, frail and even being wrong at times. This was St. Peter, St. James, St. John and all the other apostles. Today it is you, me, and the whole human race.
Yes, I am a sinner and always will remain so. But, the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is and always will be a message sent forth by God our Father. It is a message you, me and all humanity should not only hear, but also accept, and deeply appreciate in a spirit of gratitude. It is that very ancient message reflected at the very beginning of time, human history and the Holy Bible. It is a message in which God our Father breathes new life…human life and all other life. It is that ancient message in which God Himself so loved humanity with all its imperfections that He sent forth His only begotten Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.
God so loves humanity. Even today God sends His very ancient whispers in which He breathes new life, greater faith, greater hope, and greater love. It is a message which assures you, me and all humanity that indeed wars will come and go. Hunger will persist but be met with greater crops, greater yields, and greater harvests. Poverty will persist but also be addressed through the countless times every day when people around the world, at every hour of every day, work hard to feed those facing hunger and those whose lives left ignored could soon enough come face to face with hunger and its heavy tolls. God has granted you, me and all humanity a daily life in which our Lord invites us to help our dear Creator.
What will you do today, tomorrow, the next day, throughout this coming week and the weeks ahead to help God in His eternal quest to build up, renew and strengthen humanity? What is your role in God’s eternal efforts to draw you, me, and all humanity ever closer and into the company of our dear Creator? Ask yourself these and similar reflective questions. Seek Truth daily. Look around you and see God right there in your company. You will see NOT just with your eyes, but also with an open heart, an open mind, and an open spirit. And when you desire to know God more fully, then put away any books of study, and simply be still, and in silence, open yourself to the infinite love and divine wisdom only God can grant unto you. There, in those silent moments of prayerful recollect, listen in prayer. There you will find God and God will find you. Together you will be at one. In that oneness you too will come to see our God, our Creator, the One who invites all sinners into His company. Then like St. Peter, be humbled and give thanks unto our God.
-Father Michael Briese