As in the past few weeks, the Gospel of Matthew continues to call us to act and think as Christ, something that is certainly not foreign to us as Christians. We have learned throughout our lives what it means to be a follower of Jesus, perhaps from family and loved ones, or from teachers or mentors, and most certainly from what we have heard proclaimed in Scripture. But hearing and understanding it is one thing, it is another very different thing to live it, every day and always.
Living it on occasion is something many of us are good at. We know we are to love and honor our parents, be kind and welcoming to strangers, we know not to steal or lie or commit adultery, and we certainly know to go to Church on Sunday and to love our neighbor. I said “on occasion” for good reason. We must be honest in examining our actions and our way of life. When others hear me speak or witness my actions, do they always know that I am Christian? Do they see the love of God reflected in me? Would they say that I make every effort to think and act as Jesus taught? Or do they sometimes see in me anger, or being resentful, or know me as filled with sarcasm and skepticism? Do people hear me supporting them as they curse another, or stand in judgement of others? Even if I stand silently, not saying a word, my stance can speak volumes. Do I engage in gossip or feel a need to let others know someone has made a mistake? These are good questions for us to consider as we honestly assess how we live as Christians. Let us take time in prayer asking God to help us in our need to reform our ways, our thoughts, our actions, that they might always reflect God’s love.
Be bold in asking God to assist in your growing closer to him. Ask for the knowledge of the presence of the Holy Spirit and be assured God is hearing
and will answer your prayers.
We are all sinners. We are all saints in the making. But only in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit can we live Christian lives every hour of every day. We need God with us. And our loving God never ceases to accompany us in our need. As we turn to God more and more in prayer, we become more and more the person God intended we be. Not because of our desire, as much as the desire God has for us to one day be with Him forever.
Thank you, Jesus, for helping us to understand what it means to be your follower. Thank you for the promise of the Holy Spirit to be with us always and thank you for showing us the Way to the Father. Only in knowing you can we be united with God. With grateful hearts we pray.
Have a blessed week,
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC