Jesus didn’t come to earth for a little vacation. He came so that He could give His life for us, because He loves us that much, despite how we’ve sinned against Him.
When Jesus was tempted by the devil, He didn’t have to turn the devil down. He really could have given in.
When Jesus was preaching, He didn’t have to say the whole truth of who He was. He could have just said the nice things so that the people wouldn’t try to stone and kill Him.
When Jesus was in the garden before His passion, He could have just ran away. He didn’t have to let them take Him in for a trial.
When Jesus was before Pilate and the Sanhedrin, He could have said anything and they would have spared His life. All that He had to do was take back what He said.
At Calvary, He didn’t have to give His life. He didn’t have to stretch out His arms to be crucified. He didn’t have to hang there on the cross in agony.
He didn’t have to do any of it. But He did, out of love.
In the same way, we are called to follow Jesus and love others, even when it is difficult. Following Jesus in every phase of our life can lead to sainthood, but sainthood is often a misunderstood word. Following Jesus and loving even when it is hard is what heroes do. So really, Jesus is calling us all to be heroes.
Being a hero is not an easy task for sure, but it is possible for us all. It doesn’t mean that we will have super powers or even will do spectacular things like catch a falling baby or performing CPR. Sometimes being a hero means comforting someone in need, standing up for what you believe in, not lashing back at those who hurt you, or sticking up for those who can’t defend themselves.
It’s easy to get drunk. Are you enough of a hero to treat yourself with dignity?
It’s easy to cheat on homework. Are you a hero enough to stick with your morals?
It’s easy to gossip and make fun of others. Are you a hero enough to be a true friend?
It’s easy to look at porn. Are you a hero enough to respect yourself?
It’s easy to sleep around. Are you a hero enough to respect others and yourself?
It’s easy to have an abortion. Are you a hero enough to protect the lives of the defenseless even when it might mean more suffering for you?
Being a hero is not easy, but it is what we all deserve: from ourselves and from each other. Jesus already was our first hero. Let’s follow His example in both the big and small matters of our lives and truly learn to love each other.