Sunday, February 12, 2006

1 Corinthians 11:1

"Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ."

Very profound effect, it's easy to see, will come of this when it is heeded more. St. Paul, of course, is speaking to a people who do not have the Bible and who have never seen Christ. So instead of telling them to imitate someone whom they have no knowledge of except through Paul, Paul tells them to imitate him as he, one who has seen and heard, imitates Christ. But since we do today have the fullest story of Christ's life, imitating Paul, while good and something to be strived for, we should strive for the higher goal, which is to imitate Christ.

But something this verse also touches on is the Communion of Saints. We do not worship the saints, but honor because whether they went through excruciating pain of either mind or body, and said "yes" to God and followed. We should look to them for help and intercession, since they have really been through it all already. No pain we go through today has not felt by one of the saints. That's a very consoling thought to think on for a minute. That in all the chaos of this world, we have our own problems and often feel, whether we phrase it thus or not, that there really isn't anyone out there who understands us.

At the Transfiguration of Christ, which we will hear about in one month exactly, Christ converses with Moses and Elijah. Both men are great, but relating to Christ in different ways. Moses was especially attuned to Christ because he was called to go and rescue a people from clutches. And Elijah because Christ too would ascend, body and soul inseparable, to Heaven. Just like Christ speaking with those two most glorious of Judaism and Christianity, let's never forget that our stories have always been gone through by someone in heaven, and that someone is waiting for the plea for help, for comfort, and for guidance on what to do.

Christ is the light of the world, and at Baptisms to this day, a light is given to symbolize the light of Christ coming into this world and all its darkness. All the saints are holy through their free will in desiring and meriting the glorification that is from Christ. As such, let us look to the saints who are "partakers of the divine nature" and sharers in the one mediatorship of Christ. Let them be a light in this world when we're in our darkest hours. Pope John Paul II it was who asked how much of a better place the world would be if everyone said a Rosary everyday? Added on to that or even just sitting alone by itself for that matter, what kind of a world would this be if we all would try and imitate Christ and emulate the saints in faith, hope, love, charity, and trust?