We are Catholics not because we’re perfect

Catholicism or Christianity is not about being perfect. It is about the struggle and the journey to be like Jesus who is perfect.

As Catholics or Christians, we have been called many things.

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus tells us that even He was called Beelzebul. As His followers, we can only expect to be called names or some other things:

“It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, for the slave that he become like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household!” — Matthew 10:25

As for us, who are followers of Jesus, we are often called “hypocrites.”

We cannot deny that some terrible deeds have been done by Catholics and Christians alike, even by our priests and ministers.

Even we fall into sin. In fact, I just went to the Sacrament of Reconciliation yesterday to confess and acknowledge my sins.

And yes, because of our sins, other people call us hypocrites.

Yet, we have to remember that we are Catholics or Christians not because we are perfect. We are Catholics or Christians because we are striving to be like Jesus.

Even if we fall over and over again with our sins, with our tempers, with the words that we say, with the thoughts that we have, with the actions that we take, we remain to be Catholics or Christians because we are still striving, struggling to be better, to become more like the One we are following.

We remain to be Catholic or Christians because we haven’t given up on following Jesus, no matter how many times we fail.

Catholicism or Christianity is not about being perfect. It is about the struggle and the journey to be like Jesus who is perfect.

 

P.S. Today's Gospel reading (Matthew 10:24-33) is also timely with everything that is happening today. Catholics and Christians are being mocked, persecuted, and even killed. Yet, Jesus tells us not to be afraid of those who kill the body and to continue proclaiming His Name:

"And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna." — Matthew 10:28
"Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father." — Matthew 10:32-33

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