A few days ago, I spoke of my dear friend Liz who was a living example of kindness. Today’s term, goodness, is another dear friend of mine – my wife Sarah. In this hyper link, the Church defines what goodness is and as I read it the first person who came to mind is my wife Sarah. Goodness is virtue and holiness in action. It results in a life characterized by deeds motivated by righteousness and a desire to be a blessing. My wife has dedicated her life – and most notably, her entire professional career as a teacher in the Catholic schools – to that exact statement. She stands for what is good and does not compromise those values in order to make others “feel” good. She motivates her students and teaches them that all they do should be for the greater glory of God. And when they don’t, she will not hesitate to “admonish the sinner” but in a way that is both loving and forgiving. The Greek word translated “goodness,” agathosune, is defined as “uprightness of heart and life.” Agathosune is goodness for the benefit of others, not goodness simply for the sake of being virtuous. I can attest that the way she acts in public is mirrored by the way she acts at home. Her life is goodness because her heart is filled with the Holy Spirit and I don’t know that she can act any other way. Goodness is not a quality we can manufacture on our own. James 1:17 says, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.” This certainly includes a life characterized by goodness. In letting the Holy Spirit control us, we are blessed with the fruit of goodness. As others see our good works, they will praise our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).
So with my friend Liz and my wife Sarah, I can honestly say Goodness and Kindness have followed with me my most of my life. I’m telling you brothers, that ain’t a bad feeling.
Do something great for our Lord today.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid.
Jesus, I trust in you.