Sterilizing our faith

When my friend’s children were little I used to watch as she let them eat things that had fallen on the floor.  She used to say, “it’s ok, more fiber”.  And then we would chuckle.  I, on the other hand, would throw it away because it was dirty.  In the end, her kids probably had fewer colds and were sick less often. 

Sometimes, with the best intentions, we sterilize things that we shouldn’t.  Jesus was one of the people, he walked with them, lived with them, dined with them and died with them.  That is our Lord.  No sin was too big, no illness too grotesque, and no person without hope.  Jesus was in the midst of it all. 

And we, with the best intentions, have perhaps rewritten some of the rules.  Do we only reserve Jesus for the ‘good people’?  Do we judge others because we ‘know’ Jesus and think that we can speak for him?  Do we allow some in and shut others out?  Do we keep Jesus reserved in a special place and only allow the holy people (I think they were called Pharisees) to have access to him?  Have we sterilized our faith?

We must be very careful.  We must constantly look to the Gospels to remind ourselves who Jesus is.  We must open our hearts and love others.  We must embrace our brothers and sisters as Jesus asks us to.  We must serve them and love them and bring Jesus to them and meet Jesus in them.

ster·ile: Not producing or incapable of producing seed

If our faith becomes sterile, there will be no seed planted…..


4 thoughts on “Sterilizing our faith

  1. As I read your post, I think that maybe our faith is meant to be messy, with trials and errors, efforts and discouragement…
    My faith is in limbo these days. i believe, I love to say the Apostles’ Creed, but I feel away from ‘Church’ in general… Longing for the Eucharist, for community, for kindred spirits… For resting my head on Jesus’s shoulder…
    Thank you for helping me look at what goes on with my faith 🙂

  2. Sometimes I wonder if people read the Gospels – the messiness of Jesus’ actions; the people he was friends with; the people he tried to change – all very different from what the world expects. His whole ministry would probably be counted a failure by our standards – our ways are not God’s ways yet we think we know better. We are invited to rest our head on Jesus’ shoulder no matter who we are – because he calls us friends. The best thing about friends is getting to know them not thinking we already do.

  3. Andie…..yes this is a message we need. Our instinct is to pull away from the world, circle the wagons so to speak, but Jesus got right down into the messy world unflinchingly. Hard to do, but it is what He has called us to. The church of my childhood had this kind of mentality, and maybe it was a good lesson for me, because sometimes I lapse back into that kind of thinking….Thank you for this reminder. Lori

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