Jesus chose 12 men of various backgrounds to be His Apostles. With Divine foreknowledge, but respecting their free will, Jesus chose four fishermen, a zealot, a hated tax collector, a doubter, and a traitor, among this motley crew. Imperfections notwithstanding, Jesus Loved them to the fullest.
And the same is true of our Church.
The motley band we call saints are famous 'crooked lines that God draws straight lines with.' Many a great and famous saint, such as St Augustine and St Paul and St Ignatius of Loyola, didn't exactly start out on the fast track to holiness. And let's not forget the good thief who hung next to Jesus, only to steal his way into heaven with the most perfect confession ever given, not to mention the truest of contrition.
For no matter how motley we are, God's Love is there to perfect us in the beauty of the compassionate and merciful saint.
So, when we look at our friends, and work associates, and neighbors, we must first look at ourselves. We must remember all those times in the past that we came crawling on our knees to the Merciful Prodigal Father, receiving unconditional and undeserved Mercy when we teetered on the verge of spiritual and emotional death. And recalling all the times God has answered our 911 call, we must extend the same to that motley band of human persons we befriend, we work with, and we live beside.
For in the end, holiness comes not from human effort or bloodlines, but by the grace of God.
And that's where the Eucharist enters the picture. Sunday Mass begins another week of the gathering of the imperfect children of God. And that's O.K., because we are called to evangelize an equally imperfect world. The only difference in the end, however, is who we carry in our body--or better said, who carries us in His Body, the Church.
For 'motleyness' can never withstand the power of Divine Love.