Recently we had a meeting about a few words spoken by Bishop José Ignacio Munilla speaking about mediocrity’s catch phrases. It was a big help to me and shed light on how to grow and mature in my relationship with the Lord.
The bishop of San Sebastián, Spain, referred to certain comments by people around us— maybe Christian like us—or even thoughts that we have stuck in our head that little by little destroy our soul.
One of them is the famous: “Everyone does it.” How many times have we thought, “Really, if everyone does it, why can’t I do it?” Or, “It can’t be that bad if so-and-so does it!”
I think it’s important to remember that the Lord in person told us what we should do and how we should act and think. He is the One who asks us not only to be good, or not do what others do, but also to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. We cannot conform to mediocrity if the Lord calls us to holiness, perfection. As Benedict XVI said, “The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.”
To reflect on this catch phrase and to be able to defeat it, Bishop Munilla recommends us to read an evangelical passage:
“Then Jesus said to the Twelve: ‘Do you also want to leave?’ Simon Peter replied, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life’” (John 6:67-68).
When we fall into that catch phrase Jesus tells us, “Do you also want to go away from Me as they do? Are you also going to follow them when they leave me?” Hopefully, we can answer like St. Peter, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.”
You might be thinking, “How exaggerated!” And that is precisely another one of our mediocrity catch phrases. More frequently than we realize we think, “Please... what an exaggeration, that is way over the top.”
Have you ever thought about how the Lord Himself wished to die shedding every drop of his Blood for you, while He could have saved us simply with a snap of fingers? Did the Lord settle for little by loving you and giving his life for you?
In matters of love, hope and faith we must seek radicalism, surrender without measure, because the Lord deserves our whole life, all our love—not just leftovers—because He Himself said in the book of Revelation, “Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16).
Let us ask the Lord to help us fall in love with Him so that we can reject every sign of mediocrity, know and live true love authentically, without limits, because only God’s love makes the soul free.
My name is Beatriz, I study nursing and I belong to the Home of the Mother Youth. A few years ago I took part in a mission trip to Ecuador where I realized the importance of Christ's real presence in my life. I had always been Catholic, but I was more centered on myself than on God. I realized that a life that doesn't give of itself starts to rot, and that living for myself alone, superficially, I was losing what God had given me until then. Seeing that the Lord had always been with me, that He loved me and suffered because of my lack of fidelity changed my life radically. It pushed me to want to go to Heaven by leaving my superficiality, struggling every day to be holy and to bring to others the great treasure I found. That is why I try to share the joy of the Faith with everyone, especially with young people, and one way of doing this is through this blog. Pray for me!