So the ministry of Jesus continues as we hear this Third Sunday of Lent how he cured the man who was blind from birth. The Jews did not believe that Jesus was the Christ, the Savior for whom they were waiting and they had made clear to the people in the synagogue that they would be thrown out if they believed this man called Jesus was the Christ. The tension was growing and the Jews were upset at how Jesus cured someone on the Sabbath, for that they called him a sinner. And the Christ they were awaiting surely would not be a sinner! They argued about whether or not this man who was supposedly cured was in fact the one who had been blind from birth. They sought out his parents and their response was, “Speak to him yourself, he is of age.” The parents were fearful. They were not ready to speak their commitment to Jesus as the Christ; to Jesus as the Son of God.
For generations Christians have experienced fear in regard to professing their commitment to Jesus. Our Catholic history includes times of persecutions of Christians which even St. Paul took part in before his conversion. Many of our saints, our models of faith, were martyred for believing in Jesus Christ. Fortunately, here in our country we have the freedom of religion and the opportunity to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ without fear of persecution. Sadly, that is not the case for all people in our world.
The question for us is this: Are we committed to professing Jesus as the Christ; Jesus as the Son of God? And just how are we to do that? As baptized Christians and members of the Catholic Church we are called to be disciples of Jesus, our eternal life depends on it! How is that for a good reason to reach out to others in word and action to spread the Good News. We are gifted by a loving God who was willing to send his own Son to be crucified for us that we might gain eternity. How can we not share that message!?
Let us not depend on others to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. Rather, let us go together as one Body of Christ living and speaking and breathing the message. Let us make an effort to help others to know Jesus. And strengthened by our faith, let us not live in fear of professing it. God our Father, open our hearts and our eyes to see the opportunities to make known your Son to the world.
In hope and faith,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC