Pope Francis was asked by a journalist a couple of years ago if he was just trying to make the Church look good. He said he was trying to make God look good! Unfortunately, so many people have turned away from the Church, all churches, because the people involved in it didn’t make God look very good.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make God look good in my own corner of the world. When I see people who are suspicious of the church and those involved in it, how do I showcase it as a field hospital and not a museum as Pope Francis asks us to? I stumbled across a quote by my favorite Father Rohlheiser that goes like this:
“Becoming like Jesus is as much about having a relaxed and joyful heart as it is about believing and doing the right thing; as much about proper energy as about proper truth.”
Perhaps being relaxed and joyful, unafraid, loving, giving and enjoying the company of other people in the present moment will help to “make God look good.” Because He is.