I’ve met and talked with enough people to feel confident that if you polled 100 fallen-away Catholics about why they didn’t want anything to do with the Church, the term “accountability” would pop up in almost all of their answers.
And to be fair, a lack of accountability isn’t just a Catholic problem. Talking the talk but not walking the walk has been a shortcoming handed down throughout the ages, across all creeds and nationalities.
Loving our neighbor, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, feeding the poor — it all sounds fantastic, especially when we’re the ones saying it. But the doing — well, that’s a different story, isn’t it? We would do well to remember that Christ calls one of his best friends “Satan” when Peter tries to convince Jesus to stray from his destiny.
Have you ever been called Satan by one of your good buddies? I’ll bet it’s not a great feeling. But think about what Peter was doing. He had just said, “You are the Christ.” And now, mere moments later, he’s saying: “Don’t say these things. Don’t say you’re going to suffer. Don’t say you’ll be killed.”
He was telling Christ to squander what the Lord had given him. He was telling him that having faith was fine, but being faithful? It’s just a little too hard. God has a destiny for you, too, and He’s asking you to be open to it. Maybe it’s not in your comfort zone. Maybe you don’t think you can do it.
Lord, give us faith — but help us, also, to do the work.
— Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS