Perfectly Imperfect

Oct 2, 2020

Today’s post is a reflection from Fr. Michael Schleupner. Fr. Mike is a frequent presenter at our Center and we look forward hosting him next summer for one of our directed retreats. You can learn more about that retreat here. Let’s take a few quiet moments to read Fr. Mike’s words today.

Dear Friends,Fr. Michael Schleupner

I have often wondered about Jesus’ words: “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” That is really challenging. Let’s face it: we will never arrive at the point of perfection. We will always be on the way.

So, what does Jesus’ call to perfection really mean? I wonder if it gets fulfilled in our humble admission of imperfection – first within ourselves, and then in others and in our world.

This humble admission of imperfection leads us to:

  • a closer relationship with God
  • a healthy and realistic sense of ourselves
  • and, amazingly, the love of others (even enemies!) that Jesus talks about.

How ironic! Perfection is found in imperfection!

If there is such a thing as human perfection, it seems to emerge precisely from how we handle the imperfection that is everywhere, especially our own. A ‘perfect’ person ends up being one who can consciously forgive and include imperfection (like God does), rather than one who thinks he or she is totally above and beyond any imperfection.

From Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Father Richard Rohr, O.F.M.

May the peace of the Lord be with you!

~Father Mike