St. Paul, in describing the qualities desired of candidates in becoming 'elders' and 'deacons' in the primitive Church, describes the ever-present danger in the lives of all disciples, concerning temptation to evil in both social acceptance and social rejection, in success and failure, and in good times and bad.
He states, "He should not be a recent convert, so that he may not become conceited and thus incur the Devil’s punishment. He must also have a good reputation among outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, the Devil’s trap." 1 Timothy 3:1-13
Therefore, rapid success, and acceptance, and a 'good' reputation can lead to pride. And pride always precedes the fall. Likewise, those who receive a bad reputation, deserved or undeserved, fall into 'disgrace, the Devil's trap,' either in despair or in reactionary anger. Basically, being human, even decently human, without the grace of God, is a precarious situation. For we are born with a mysterious pension for doing the wrong things, and a mysterious desire to do what we know is wrong. Theologians call this 'original sin.' Laymen call it being human. Disciples of Christ call it 'needing a Savior.'
God understood it as the reason for His Cross-borne Love.
The Psalmist wrote, "My eyes are upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me. He who walks in the way of integrity shall be in my service." Psalm 101:1-3, 5-6
Sinners we are, and saints we may be. Grace abounds, and in free will we must choose. Jesus, from His Cross, has already won the war. We, as His disciples, must participate in His Eucharistic Life, gaining personal and communal victory in all the little battles in our path. Sanctity, that which makes up a saint, is all about being 'faithful' to the grace God gives us, walking, therefore, in the 'way of integrity' in 'service' to the Will of the Merciful and Loving Father. Sometimes this means doing little and, seemingly, insignificant things. Sometimes this means merely standing firm when all else is collapsing.
Yet, regardless of the situation, it always means living in the grace of Jesus Christ.
"He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother." Luke 7:11-17
For no matter the situation in our life, the touch of Jesus Christ always heals and always strengthens us for the journey toward His Father in the Spirit which guides us to real happiness, or beatitude, in God. Sin we will, repent we must, for God is the Prodigal Father. And sinners who fall to the bottom of the pit of shame and despair, to receive, undeserved, the Divine Mercy of God, become the most powerful saints in compassion and charity and forgiveness. So, when we are tempted to see Sacramental confession and Sunday Mass, with the Most Blessed Sacrament, in a humdrum way, we must remember the power of Christ's touch.
For Jesus still speaks to us, "Young man (woman), I tell you, arise!" And "the dead man (woman) sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him (her) to" Holy Mother Church.