October 30, 2013: Take Off Your Mask

~ by Mary Galvano

Halloween is approaching and it is an exciting time for many especially children who get to dress up in their costumes and go trick or treating receiving lots of yummy candy. It is fun to be in disguise for a day and to be somebody or something totally different then whom or what you are. We put on masks to hide our faces for the sake of getting into the “spirit” of things. After the fun is over though we take off those masks and go back to reality, which goes along very well with the day after Halloween, All Saints Day.

While people celebrating Halloween put on masks the saints teach us to take them off.  Saints do not need to be disguised. They come to God just as they are and don’t mind showing their faces to the whole world. Warts and all! God wants us to come to Him in humility not as someone who is trying constantly to prove oneself to Him and to others.

Being accepted by others and caring about what they think is not the way of a saint. Rather the opposite. They don’t need to impress anyone by putting on a mask and being what the world wants them to be. They would rather be cast away from the world then to be without God. The lives of the saints give us examples on how we should live our lives—in pure openness with all our imperfections. Yes, imperfections. It is with our imperfections that we are in the most favor with God because of His great mercy. When we come to God not as a righteous person but, rather as one with imperfections asking for mercy, God is there with open arms. Our imperfections can attract others to God’s mercy as well. People relate to imperfections. Isn’t it comforting to know we have a God who loves us that much that He would rather us be humble than righteous?

Do you wear a mask that keeps you hidden for the world? Do you hide your true identity in the way your Creator created you? The world needs God’s light spread throughout creation, and we as Christians are that light of the world. Don’t hide your face, your light.

With that said, let’s take off our masks and show the world who we really are in Christ! Do we lack courage to do so? God will give us courage. We can be bold enough to give the world “our” best, not someone else’s best, but our best in the way God made each of us.

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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