Saturday, May 30, 2015
The Suffering Christ and Christian Indifference
One of the most sinister attitudes a person can take is indifference towards Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Revelation 3:16 communicates Our Lord's teaching on this attitude, "But because thou art lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth." Surely, many claim to be Christians, but few there are who are "hot" and actually live how Our Lord teaches us to live. For example, how many there are who claim to believe in God, yet who will not live according to the Sacrament of marriage to which they have promised God to do. How many there are who support the worst forms of immorality and are glad to see others adopting a lifestyle that will destroy their souls.
Many create God in their own image and there are few who live according to the image God has revealed to us in the Holy Trinity. For most, Jesus Christ is not the God-man who suffered for us and who calls us to live according to His Revelation. Instead He is Christ the social worker who only wants us to have fun and enjoy life with no suffering or sacrifice. Surely the calling to live as Christ lived is the most difficult idea for the Christian. We want mercy no justice. We want pleasure but no sacrifice. As I walk around Quito and observe the beautiful churches and museums, I am constantly drawn to the image of Christ that is being extinguished from our culture in the US. It is the image of the humility and suffering of Christ, for our sins. When we contemplate the suffering of Our Lord, it is an image that we truly cannot fully grasp. Yet, just gazing and meditating upon the image of the suffering Christ can stir our hearts to hear His words and keep them.
It is only when we give our will over to God, and commit ourselves to live the life He has called us to live, that we avoid the state of lukewarmness. God gives us the grace to live as He has called us to live. He expects us to live and profess the one true faith revealed to us through His one and only Church, the Catholic Church. He expects us to stop sinning, as Our Lady has also asked us to do many times. We cannot please God if we do not worship Him at Mass on Sunday, and when we fail to do so we sin. Only indifference allows a man to sleep in on Sunday and deny the worship that is due to God. Only indifference allows us to uphold immoral lifestyles which lead to the ruin of souls. When we live the lukewarm life we are like those who mocked Our Lord in His passion. So let us meditate upon the suffering Christ and pray for the grace to live as Christ calls us to live, and let us also pray for the conversion of lukewarm "Christians" who have yet to actually embrace Christ's call to live the Gospel.