Today’s Gospel presents to us a reality check of how we live Our Lord’s commands. Do we love God with all our heart and do we love our neighbor as ourselves? Many of us give these questions only a passing thought. We say to ourselves, “I go to Mass every Sunday. I didn’t hurt anyone, and I do what am told.”
However, Our Lord asks us to dig deeper, right down to our very hearts. We can sometimes think, “Well, everyone does it so it cannot be that bad,” or “It isn’t a big deal.” However, Jesus calls us to be the light of the world. He asks us to root out every imperfection and sinful inclination that we have. For us mere men alone, this is simply impossible, but what is impossible for man is possible for God. God gives us every Grace we need to be perfect and to join Him in Heaven.
What does this look like practically? St. Ignatius of Loyola gives us a great starting point with the Examine Prayer. It’s done twice a day, at noontime and before bed. We thank God for all the gifts He has given to us and ask Him to reveal all of the ways we have positively and negatively responded to His call to holiness. If we have fallen, we vow not to repeat those mistakes and we ask for God’s grace to do so.
Lastly, we should never forget the two most important gifts that help us to fulfill God’s call to holiness. The Eucharist, Our Lord’s very own Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, strengthens us every time we receive Him. Just as His presence in the Eucharist is real, the Grace that works through the Eucharist is real, and when we fall short of holiness, Our Lord provides us with the sacrament of Reconciliation. No matter how bad we have sinned or how many times we have sinned, Our Lord is always generous to forgive. God’s forgiveness is infinitely bigger than any sin one can possibly commit. Never be afraid to partake in such a beautiful sacrament.
Always remember that with God, nothing is impossible.