The challenge each week, after Mass, is to live it out. We are all called to go to the ends of the earth and proclaim the good news, the Gospels. At the end of Mass we are told to “Go in Peace”. But really they should say, “Go, share the good news, let everyone know you are Catholic by your words and actions”.
We, as Catholics, have something special; we have a unique relationship with Christ. Each week we partake in the last supper, we receive the real presence of Jesus. We have a closeness that no other faith can. We share in his passion, death and resurrection each and every week.
Yet we wail to live that out in our daily lives, we fail to take that out of the church. We separate our faith from our daily life, and fail to live as Jesus commanded us to. We have such an opportunity to share the good news, we have a relationship with Christ that no one else can, and we should be sharing that relationship with everyone we can, at all times. But the world seems to get in the way.
We allow the secular to dictate our faith, we allow, in the name of not offending others, our faith to be left at the church or in our homes. We feel that if we share our faith; show our Catholic side, we will be rebuked. So be it, what is a little chastising for your faith. Jesus dies on a cross for you, gave his life so you can freely praise him.
Once again we are commanded to do so, so why don’t we? Because we are weak; we are easily led down the road paved with good intentions. The road, which states we should not challenge anyone, we should not call on them to come home to the Catholic faith, we should not share our faith out in the public square. The religion on secularism has replaced a country that was built upon the freedom of religion, where the Judeo-Christian value system was the means test to determine our value system.
Now please understand that I do believe in freedom of religion, and I am not advocating that the government adopt one faith over others. The diversity of our great nation is one of its greatest assets, but, when we allow that diversity to stifle our own faith, our own values as a nation; it is not truly diversity, but rather forced acceptance.
We, as a society, have allowed our faith to be pushed to that back burner; we have allowed others to tell us how, when and where we can display out faith. We have allowed the faith of the faithless to dictate how we live out our faith. How sad Jesus must be, how disappointed God, the Father, must be in his creation.
We have once again abandoned Him, looked to our false gods, and built our golden calf. Our golden calf is one of political correctness, and consumerisms.
We as Catholics, wrongly so, believe that by us leaving our faith at the doors of the church, by not talking about our faith we are serving the public at large. Just think how that would have been back in the days of Jesus. Jesus would have never preached in the public square, never have called people to God, and consequently never have been crucified for our sins. How sad that would have been.
Faith is to be lived, not left at the door, we are to “Go in Peace, to love and serve the Lord” we cannot serve Him, if we leave Him at the doors.