All of our lives we are told to be a good example for others. Everyone can relate to this statement. What does it truly mean? Does it mean to be a “goody goody” all the time, doing what is pleasing, or acting in a way that is not true to how you really are? Perhaps is means some of all of the above. We are called to be imitators and reflectors of Jesus Christ, modelling the values that Jesus taught at all times, and trying our best to live out the gospel call to love at all times. This is not always the easiest or most popular road. At times we don’t want to be the ideal person we are called to be. We are only human and at times respond out of that reality. Within the big picture of life it is important to remember that Jesus probably also had the days when he wished everyone would leave him be. Yet he never responded out of that place. Let us always remember to keep trying to be the good example we are called to be and live our lives confident of Jesus’ love and care for us.
Pat Schifini, OSU