Light in the dark

We are part of this world, which is full of God’s goodness, but is also full of temptations that can lead us away from Him. Christ invites us to lean in and witness to all those we meet. He tells us to “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). This is our invitation: to reach out to all people, including, in a particular way, those friends who have embraced the fading things of this world instead of the eternal love of God.

In our call to be witnesses to all nations, remember that Jesus is not asking us to be anything other than our authentic selves, on this journey to heaven, passionately pursuing Him in all that we do. We draw people by the way we live out our faith in everything we do. They’ll see and attribute our confidence and joy to Christ working in us.

‘I plead with you – never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.’ – Pope John Paul II

Jesus never promised this life was going to be easy. Remember the line – ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness’? (Matthew 5:10) We can make it easy for ourselves if we just ‘go with the flow’ and don’t take the time to learn the truth and stand up for it. The Church’s teachings on faith and morals are protected and guided by the Holy Spirit (CCC 888 – 892). If we don’t take the time to learn what those teachings are, its an easy way out of these debates.

St. Augustine said, “If you were the only person on earth, Christ would have still suffered and died for you.” I dare you to let that sink in. He would have gone through all that pain, humiliation, and suffering just for you . . . or just for me.

If He did that, then I can put up with being ridiculed for my beliefs. I will keep speaking truth even if it means my whole life only one person changes their mind.

The power of witness is the ability to show, by example, how Jesus speaks to the hearts of others and ourselves. All people, whether they realize it or not, are thirsting for an authentic witness to Christ’s love. God is calling you to respond to that thirst. Trust in Him, be bold, and be yourself — He’ll take care of the rest.

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