Many people blame religion for bringing strife into the world. They point to the Crusades, the Inquisition, the enslavement of Africans.
But what’s closer to the truth is that religion is not to blame. The blame falls on those who call themselves Christians but fail to live according to Christ’s commandments of love and mercy.
This is what G. K. Chesterton meant when he said, “Christianity has not failed; it has not even been tried.”
Christianity should be thought of as not so much a religion as a spiritual pathway towards union with God. In fact, “The Way” was a name adopted by the earliest Christians.
Paul, before his conversion on the road to Damascus, was obsessed with finding “any men or women who belonged to the Way,” so he could haul them away in chains [Acts 9:2].
Hear what Catherine of Siena urges us: "Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire." Her words echo Christ’s, as recorded in Luke 12:49: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!”
Want to help Jesus set the earth on fire? Simply be who God meant you to be.
Our prayer today: Jesus, Lord of love and mercy, strengthen us as we follow the path you have set for us.