Before I begin, I must confess that I found inspiration for this article from our priest's homily at Mass. In fact, he closed his homily with the title of this very article. It spoke to me so much that I felt goosebumps on my arms and felt my heart swell with love for Jesus. You see, I am a fool for Jesus. I have felt this for some time now. I’m not a fool for Jesus in the sense that I like to wear funny outfits and make jokes for his delight. No, it is that I live for Him in my thoughts, words, actions and if I falter in any of these ways—which I do, I know that I've betrayed Him.
So how am I a fool for Jesus Christ?
Much as when people are in love, I can’t stop thinking about Jesus. Of course, it is not the same as a romantic love, but my love for Jesus is stronger than that. When I speak to people, whether they are family, friends or strangers, I can't help but have words of Him fall out of my mouth and into the conversation. When I pass a Catholic Church, I can't help but cross myself and blow a kiss to Him. On Saint’s feast days, I yearn to learn more about the Saints who loved Jesus as I do. When I place the mantilla (veil) over my head and enter His church, I can't help but feel overwhelming joy to be in His presence and humbled that He allows me to join in the Mass.
Each time my son kisses the Rosary, the Miraculous Medal, a Crucifix or icon, my heart bursts. I become excited each day as I pray the Rosary and mediate on each mystery. I now look forward to waking up early so that I can get some uninterrupted time to read His Gospel quietly and ponder His words. One of the happiest days of my life was when I Consecrated myself to Jesus through the Blessed Virgin Mary—a day which marked the beginning of a life-long journey to better myself in all ways to be better for Him.
“Our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, but you claim to be so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are so powerful! You are honored, but we are ridiculed.” 1 Corinthians 4:10
When I witness any action or word against Jesus, whether direct or indirect, I can't help but to feel sorrow for the indiscretions against my Lord, our Lord. The Lord who died so that our sins would be forgiven and so that we could join Him in eternal life. I become overwhelmed with joy when I see new faces in our Church and hope that they return each Sunday, even if it is at another Church. My love for Jesus goes beyond foolish. I'm "all in" with my love for Jesus. If Jesus asked me to walk on my knees for the remainder of my life, I would.
“A Christian’s priorities aren’t measured by popular culture, but according to the reign of God (Basileia tou Theou) that Jesus preached and modeled. It is the counterintuitive and gratuitous foolishness of God’s love revealed in the healing of the broken and brokenhearted, forgiving the unforgiveable, and loving the unlovable.”*
Being a fool for Jesus does not always come easy. It is also not for my personal benefit, besides me (hopefully) becoming the best version of myself and praying that I make it to Heaven when my time on Earth is up, according to God. It isn’t always popular to be a fool for Jesus and many of our beliefs are not “mainstream” or widely accepted by society. However, the more that I focus on Jesus and align my thoughts, words and actions with what Jesus Christ wants, the more that I have the strength, sustainability and courage to walk this path.
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As always, thank you for reading. God bless you and may the Blessed Virgin Mary be with you always!