Who Are You?

Who are you? How would you answer that question? I would probably respond, I’m just an ordinary person, nothing special. I’ll never be famous or rich. And I’ll never do anything extraordinary that I’ll be remembered for. No one will put up a bronze statue with my name on it when I die. Maybe that’s how you feel too. If so, C.S. Lewis says we’re both wrong. Lewis said, “There are no ordinary people. … Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.” He said that’s because Christ dwells in us. Hard to comprehend? Yes, when I look at myself with my bad habits and no telling what sins I don’t even recognize in myself yet, I sure don’t feel special. OK, so maybe most of us won’t have bronze statues set up engraved with our names and our mighty deeds, but, as Lewis says we are not ordinary people. We are going to live forever. The ever-living Christ is in us. We are immortals! So, in a time when rudeness and disrespect seem to be the status quo, can we treat one another that way, with joyful love and appreciation for that other human being who’s struggling just as we are? I hope so.

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