by Travis Schilling, Director of Development for St. Peter’s Catholic Student Center. 

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Many people who know me understand that I am, in a very odd way, outspoken about how one should drink their coffee. One quiet morning here at the center I sat down to drink my coffee and upon taking that first sip (the best part of any holy man’s day), I got to thinking about how delicious coffee is without any of what I often refer to as “nonsense”(cream, sugar, etc.).  After wasting a ridiculous amount of time on this thought I had a revelation… Jesus is a lot like coffee! This is true in a couple of different ways:

The first way is that often times people drink coffee not so much because they enjoy the taste but because they simply want a pick me up. For this reason, they will load their coffee up with all sorts of the aforementioned “nonsense” because they cannot actually stand the taste of the drink itself. This is like many in our society today that want everything Jesus has to offer them but do not want to live out their Universal Christian Vocation: Holiness! Grace is a free gift if we would only choose to accept it. In the book of Peter the Lord says, “he has bestowed on us the precious and very great promises, so that through them you may come to share in the divine nature, after escaping from the corruption that is in the world because of evil desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with devotion”.  Jesus is who Jesus is and has said what he has said. We must make a conscience effort every day to live out our Baptism and the Lord will surely bring Joy to our lives!

The second way people “disguise the taste” of Jesus is that they underestimate his mercy. While we are all called to holiness, the fact is that we are still HUMAN. We will surely make mistakes, we will surely fall short from time to time, and yes we will surely sin. However, there is no need to try to hide our shortcomings from Jesus; he has literally died so that we may come to him as we are. These instances of sin, insecurity, or any sort of failure are not a time in which we should be disguising our coffee; it is precisely in these times where we need to allow Jesus to pour us a nice hot cup of Grace just as it is and just as we need it. It is in these times where we ought to “confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.”– Hebrews 4:16

Now please do not miss my point, this is not a lesson on how you should drink your coffee. It is fine to enjoy a cup of coffee with a little cream and sugar but as for your daily cup of Jesus… Drink it Black!

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