Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things.
But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Four days from now, many of us will do what is often called our greatest duty as citizens: we will vote. As citizens of this country, we vote with the hope that those elected officials will act as models of the American people. However, it seems that the moment we submit our ballot, we push all responsibility away from ourselves and in the hands of those leaders, watching every move they do, critiquing every word, and unloading the blame. But if our leaders are asked to act as imitators of us, then by the way in which I live my life am I responsible for the standard that is set?
In today’s reading, we are reminded that “our citizenship is in heaven.” And as citizens of the Kingdom of God, now we are the ones being called to lead. We can no longer shift that responsibility but are called to be imitators of Christ in everything we do.
If people were to follow my example, am I leading them towards love?
How are my thoughts, my words, and my actions modeling a greater standard?
“I’ve heard kids say they want to be just like me when they grow up. They should know I want to be just like Jesus.” – Albert Pujols
–Mr. Stephen Deves, ’11 is a math teacher at St. Louis U. High
God, I know that no candidate is perfect,
because I’m not perfect either,
the last time I checked.
So free me of the burden of having to
vote for someone who satisfies
all my desires for a candidate.
My candidate will be imperfect,
Help me to be grateful for the ability to vote,
because not everyone has that privilege.
And when I meet people voting for someone else,
Help me to take a deep breath and
give them the benefit of the doubt,
because they are following their consciences, too.
Please share the Good Word with your friends!