Monday, November 17, 2014

Witnessing and Telling: the actions of a Christian



Yesterday’s Gospel presented us with a key component of the Christian life: one of action.  It is not possible to be a Christian without nurturing a relationship with Christ and sharing our faith with others.

This is emphasized today by the patron saint of our parish: John “gives witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ by reporting what he saw.”

We are called to do the same thing.  However, we can’t witness to that we haven’t heard nor tell of things we haven’t seen.

That is why prayer is so important.  It is the opportunity to sit down and to focus of God alone, to communicate with Him.  Not just telling him about our day and our needs, but—most importantly—listening to Him.

In addition, we gather here to be nourished not just by His Word, but by His body and blood in the Eucharist.  The graces we receive here not only nourish us, but also heal us that we may see with the eyes of faith.  That is what allows us to see how Christ is at work in our lives and in our world.  Then, we are able to truly report what we have seen, that others may be encouraged to listen and to look.

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