A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
Live the Commandments
February 15, 2020
He is Risen!
April 16, 2015
For seven weeks our Church will celebrate Easter – the greatest of all gifts given to us by the Father. Jesus became man, professed the Kingdom of God to be at hand, taught in the Temple, suffered death by crucifixion and was raised on the third day. This is our story, the story of our salvation. In Jesus Christ our salvation is complete, our sins forgiven and we are gifted with eternal life!
Can you imagine being one of the Apostles, one of those closest to Jesus Christ? You would have walked with him daily, listened to his Word, you would have sat with him at table, you would have witnessed how he stood strong in his teaching against a world that did not understand. If you were an Apostle you would have heard in Jesus’ own words of the Greatest Commandment, you would know how hegrieved at the loss of a good friend, you would have known his Mother Mary, you would have witnessed his death on the cross. And then, you would have been there to hear word of an empty tomb and you would have sat in fear wondering what to do next. If you were an Apostle, you would have seen Jesus in the flesh, after his death on the cross and you would have been amazed!
Often the words apostle and disciple are interchanged. Disciples are those who are learners or followers of another who accept the teaching of their leader. An apostle begins as a disciple and then, as with Jesus’ Apostles, is “sent forth” by the teacher to continue his work. Before the word Christian was accepted by the Church of Antioch of Syria, followers of Jesus Christ were all referred to as disciples.
We are the disciples of Jesus Christ! We are Christians!
Now, read again the paragraph above about being an Apostle. If we were, we would have experienced all that is described there. And we have! We are the witnesses to all that happened in Jesus Christ. We, by faith, have full knowledge of the Paschal Mystery; how Jesus died and rose to new life. We, as disciples are sent into the world to proclaim the Risen Christ. For as in the final words of this Sunday’s Gospel: “You (WE) are witnesses of these things.”