If you invoke as Father him who judges impartially according to each one’s works, conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning, realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct, handed on by your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold but with the precious blood of Christ as of a spotless unblemished lamb.
He was known before the foundation of the world but revealed in the final time for you, who through him believe in God who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
I truly enjoy the Second Reading at Mass for the Third Sunday in Easter, because it succinctly encapsulates the foundation of our pilgrimage on earth. A lot of things in our life come together once we arrive at that place where we truly realize and understand self-worth and value.
The contrast between the children of God and the children of the world is that whereas the children of the world tell us that they are somebody because they posses this and that thing, this house or car, this degree, this title or position, these many things and accomplishments, and etc; that children of God tell us that they are somebody because they have nothing but Christ.
Whereas the children of the world look to the things of the world to define them and, through self effort, build up their self-worth; the children of God look solely to their Creator for definition, and they value themselves based only on value of Jesus’ resurrection from death. Christians understand plainly that as they can do nothing outside of Christ (Cf. Jn. 15:5), similarly their life has unsubstantial value outside of Christ as well.
Inasmuch as the world bristles at such a ridiculous sounding notion, they have no problem with corporations setting the value of their product, or with depreciating the value of a product if it has lost its original condition. Well, the same principle holds true in the spiritual life – it is God the Creator who defines our value, and those children of His who reject His purpose for their life also reject their real value. This is why those who are outside of Christ will always lack real love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in their life, because until we come to know Him who created us we never truly know we are or the great things that we are capable of.
For example, it was only when I came to know that my Creator IS love and that He made me in His image and likeness that I came to understand that I too am capable of great love. It was only when I came to know that my God is the King of Peace that I knew He also wanted me to have peace. It was only when I came to understand that my God is the source of self-control, I knew that I didn’t have to be addicted to worldly pleasures or fall into the temptation of sin.
Yet, let us not be so content in knowing our self-worth, but then fail to see the worth in every creature of God. Regardless of whether they know their real value or not, the fact is that we know their value, and we should love them in that way. For, we are all full of divine potential, but we won’t know it unless someone loves us into it.
Lord Jesus, teach me, show me, reveal to me who I am In You.
And teach me, show me, reveal to me who my neighbor is In You
In your Holy Name I pray. Amen.
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