“The world’s latest craze is the selfie, where one takes a picture of themselves using a camera.” Everyone chuckled quietly as the homily began. “A selfie portrays your own image to the world,” he continued. “So how should the selfie of a perfect Christian look like?”
Homilies are one of my favourite aspects of the Catholic mass. But this particular one made me look at my life in a unique way.
You see I’ve been trying to achieve this golden standard of being the ‘Perfect Christian’ (and failing miserably!) Most of the time, it lasts for a few hours and then I conform to worldly matters. But recently, I have been getting these thoughts that I really need to change how I act for the better.
I was once having a debate with my friend about religion and what she said to me really struck a chord deep within my soul and it has been replaying in the back of my mind for a number of weeks. She said that she wouldn’t have been able to tell that I was a Christian unless I hadn’t just told her. Normally, I’m not affected by what people say to me because let’s be honest, they’re not the ones who are going to be paying my bills! But this really got to me..
I wouldn’t have been able to tell that you were a Christian unless you hadn’t just told me.
A lot of people think that Christianity is just a religion bound by its rules and rituals; but many fail to realise the unimaginable sense of belonging it brings with it. I’m going to talk a bit more about this in a future post.
Anyway, let’s get back to the original homily. The main message was that we should live in a way so that others can see God in us. That you live so that non-believers want to get closer to God. People say that it’s easier said than done, but having read the Bible and self-reflecting at church, it’s effectively achievable. All you need is a bit of will power and happiness.
Happiness is key. By putting others first and by building a strong relationship with God, you can accomplish just this. Some may screw their nose up when I say ‘put others first’; but you can only get to this stage unless you learn to love yourself and be grateful for what you have.
There are numerous things that I need to change about my behaviour if I want to be a humble disciple of God. It’s going to take months or even years for me to get there but I hope that those around me will start to see a change and God in me.
So how can one be a perfect Christian?
Well in my opinion, there’s no such thing. One of the many flaws of a human being is their ability to go off-track every once in a while; so being a non-judgemental Christian in this world is harder than we think. But there’s a thought that occasionally pops into my head and it’s something which never fails to make me smile…
I am an imperfect human loved by a perfect God