Like Jesus we are challenged to become deeply involved in all things human for the sake of the Kingdom of God. As baptized Christians we have been chosen to be ambassadors to represent Jesus in our world. Perhaps the words of Gandhi: “poverty is the greatest form of violence,” need to re-ignite the fire of our faith.
We share “a common dignity,” reject sinful attitudes that degrade the dignity of others; we receive a “vocation to holiness,” and are called to imitate Jesus’ example striving in thought, word, and action to live his love. This means working “to heal the wounds of sin, living the Beatitudes, practicing the twofold commandment of love of God and neighbor, and imitating the lives of the saints.” We are also called to carry that light into the dark world to extend the light to others (CCC, no. 1243).
If we accept our mission we are to grow in prayer and develop a relationship with God. We are to go out into the world and witness to him in the daily design and pace of life. In other words we are to be commercials for love and mercy. We are to bear fruit, fruit that will last, and this takes conviction and courage. We are called to forgive, gently touch, be compassionate, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, faithful, and self-controlled; as well as defend the poor.
Let us not “let your soul grow numb, but aim for the goal of a beautiful love which also demands sacrifice. Say a firm “no” to the narcotic of success at any cost and the sedative of worrying only about yourself and your own comfort.” (Pope Francis, World Youth Day)
We have lived the Jubilee of mercy and hopefully opened our hearts to Jesus. To live as Jesus would in our world today let us pray for a “conversion to our neighbor” so that we, who were created out of love in order to love, may live our mission of love without lacking generosity.