Comparing Yourself Against the Love of God

I believe that we all acknowledge the fact that we are all sinners. When we actually own up to our sins, do we do so completely and whole heartedly? Or do we say to ourselves, “Yes, I know that I am a sinner, but I know that my sins are not as great as (insert name here).” Instead of comparing yourself to your fellow man or woman, maybe you should be comparing yourself against the love of God.

Acknowledging our sins is a huge part of repentance, however a truly repentant heart does not feel the need to compare himself to another person. Let me quote the beautiful words by Fr. David Barnes about true repentance in his article, “I’m Not the Best Catholic in the Word. No Kidding. Repent:”

Today in the Gospel, a woman washes the feet of Jesus with her tears, dries them with her hair, and anoints them with costly ointment. This is what repentance looks like. She teaches us what it means to know God’s love. She didn’t come to Jesus and say, “I’m not the best person in the world, but there are people who are a lot worse than me.” She humbled herself before Christ. In that moment, she wasn’t comparing herself to all of the other sinners. She was comparing herself against the love of God.

To understand just how sinful we are, we should not look to our fellow men; but we should look at the greatness of God’s love. Let us not allow our hearts to be filled with pride by giving into the folly that is comparing ourselves with our fellow men. Instead, let us allow ourselves to be deeply immersed in God’s love that he may create in us a truly repentant heart. Comparing yourself against the love of God should be the yardstick.