St. Paul described the ideal community of disciples, which any Christian community is called to be: “Because you are God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with heartfelt mercy, with kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another; forgive whatever grievances you have against one another. Forgive as the Lord has forgiven you” (Col 3).
When Jesus called us to himself he wanted it all. He wanted no competitor for his love. Sometimes this is called detachment, which we may see as merely a letting go of things. What Jesus is really asking is highly personal. He asks us to let go of self. Self can be petty, self-pitying, envious, resentful, taking sides and escapist. We may begin well, yet in time return into ourselves. Jesus wants us to become free of self so that we can be like him. Each of our names are written on his heart. That is why he has called each of us to put on his attitude toward others.
Lord, I know that someday you will ask me: Are the names of your sisters and brothers written on your heart? Prepare me now so that I can answer Yes.