It certainly isn’t an easy choice to follow Christ. But three words; conform, consent and confirm describe what I choose in following Him. When I conform my life to His, I have to seriously consider what I am doing, for what motive and what consequence will occur. I cannot just choose to live life with a generic “go with it, or relax” or even “whatever” attitude, because I have found I am a radical Catholic. Yep, it’s true. It’s the Lord God, Creator of the Universe, of all creation that I’ll bow my head to, drop a knee for or give my life over to. It’s about following a set of commandments given to protect my life and keep me close to the one who gave me life.
Therefore, I give Christ my consent to take my heart into His, to mold and shape it as a potter does clay. He knows what is best for me; I need to keep my hands clear as to not interfere. I can be active when I am asked to participate and journey with Him in the good works he has planed for me. Yes I am submissive to Him, for he is my all. He would never harm me but always save me when I turn to Him. I recognize who He called to lead me while in this world – Peter – the rock, although today it is his chair that I align myself to. He knew the answers our heavenly Father asked through His Son. He was the chosen one to lead. I am to follow.
I confirm my love for God and my neighbor. Although the second one is harder to love than the first if I’m honest. Some people! And this they may be saying about me. No one of us is easier or more difficult than the next in one way or another. But I choose to show confirmation in accepting Christ into my life by sharing Him with you in my thoughts and words. He is our God, creator, redeemer, sanctifier. We are His people. He is our all. We praise and give glory to His most holy name. We love each other in His name.
From the Collect of today’s Mass: O God, who cause the minds of the faithful to unite in a single purpose, grant your people to love what you command, and to desire your promise, that, amid the uncertainties of this world, our hearts may be fixed on that place where true gladness is found.