limited to the ordained 12 apostles.
Jesus loved the rich man who lived
the Commandments but could not
leave everything (Mark 10: 21). Paul
—and finally Peter—flung open the
doors indiscriminately: “There is
neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave
nor free man, neither male nor female; you are all one in Christ Jesus”
(Galatians 3: 28).
if all that is true, one has ample
justification to examine holiness
with less stringent requirements than
On that score,
all of us qualify.
conventional wisdom might call for.
To be judged holy—or at least trying
to achieve some semblance of it—
one need not be flawless, destitute,
or virginal. True, to declare publicly
that someone is a saint, the church
must scrutinize that life meticulously. But one need not be a World
series Most Valuable Player.
saint irenaeus said in Against
Heresies: “The glory of God is humanity, fully alive.” What separates
humans from other animals is the
potential to learn and to love. other
animals know facts; a stag pursued
by hunters knows that danger is
behind him, but so far as we know
he does not ask why: “What did i do
to those guys?”
We have at least the capacity
(if we use it) to understand. other
animals can give their lives for their
young. But we can give our lives
(often without dying) for people
we do not even like at the moment.
Ask any parent or teacher. Can we
entertain the possibility that our
God-given purpose is to prepare a
fully realized recipient for the gift