BIBLICAL POINT OF REFERENCE:
"Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven." ~Matthew 5:10-12
This weekend I had the amazing opportunity to go on a retreat at my parish at school, and I also had the wonderful chance to lead a group of students in discussion throughout the retreat. There was one thing that really stuck out for me during this retreat, something that our director said: We have the chance to tell people about Jesus, so why don't we?
Let me just say that I know life is rough--and even more so, I know that life as a Christian and Catholic is rough too. Jesus calls us, as we see in our biblical point of reference today, to be persecuted for His sake, to speak out about the truth of God's saving Mercy and Love. It's a truly amazing calling to have, but many of us don't see it that way and don't act upon it. We are scared to tell others that we went to Mass over the weekend, we are scared to tell others just how much our faith means to us and the huge role it plays in our lives, and we are scared to admit how desperately we need Jesus.
I get it. People are judgmental and can be real jerks sometimes. Many people don't accept the Church's teachings and therefore have a hard time hearing about how Christians live out faith daily. It's a struggling world out there, and so we feel awkward and out of place sharing a piece of our lives that is so good. We know that we struggle less with Christ because we can give our worries, fears, and anxieties to him, and those around us who don't believe in him find that intimidating.
The people I am talking about are not bad people. They are not delusional or necessarily ignorant. They are our brothers and sisters in Christ--and they may not know that yet. They may not know how cherished and how loved they are because they have not been told. And we, as the Church's people, have the spectacular ability to tell them! We have the potential to be the key that unlocks someone's heart to Jesus! So why don't we?
And why, when someone does come forth and spreads their faith, why do we not support them? Why do we not join them? Why do we sit back and let others do the work that we are ALL called to do?
I'm tired of being defensive and offensive with my faith. That's not its purpose; the purpose of faith is to LIVE it. The purpose of faith is to show others what faith in God looks like and how they can have it too. The purpose of faith is to trust in God so completely that there is no fear in what people will say or do.
God is good, all the time; and all the time, God is good. It's as simple as sharing that with someone. Set your hearts on fire, my sisters--Jesus is already here, and the world needs to know about Him.
Your Laughing Sister,
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