Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious

1Jn 3:7-10; Ps 98:1, 7-8, 9; Jn 1:35-42

Two of the basic tenets of Christianity are God is good and “Love one another as I have loved you.” The message is simple: if we aim for goodness, we avoid sin. Acts of goodness, charity and righteousness are felt by the soul. One knows and feels when injustice is present; it goes against our very nature because it is in our nature to be good. To help one’s fellows, to spread the joy of Christ, to reach for the righteous in all we do should be our goal. Those of us who are Christians are “followers of Christ” and what that means is we strive to live as Jesus did. Avoiding sin and loving and caring for others are the primary goals of living life in the light of Christ.

To be a Christian is to be part of a wonderful community. The followers of John the Baptist were told that the one who walked past was, “the Lamb of God”. John led the way and brought others to Christ as we are charged to do. When we follow the ways of Christ we are transformed, as Simon was so dramatically changed to Peter, so, too are we. We become better versions of ourselves when we make the conscious decision to follow Christ, to be like Christ, to spread his joy and love to others. We are brought to him by others and it is our duty to live our lives as joyful ministers of the Word.

Nancy Kennedy
Pilgrim, St. Anthony’s HS