KNOW THYSELF

Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

I think each of us knows certain kinds of people in our lives who just aren’t ready for certain kinds of messages. Especially, when it comes to the Gospel, we all know those people who basically are like… whoa!… don’t bring that God stuff near me! Or when you ask them if they go to a church, things get awkward real quick. But, we are called to evangelize them as well, and as they may not be ready for the direct approach, we can evangelize them through our Christian witness, by living the virtues in plain sight.

We use a similar premise when we prepare people to come into the Church. We don’t begin with the Communion of Saints before talking about who Christ is and the meaning of death for the Christian, because it just wouldn’t make sense. We don’t speak about the reality of demons (fallen angels), as we have read in the readings this past week, before talking about how God created all things, about free will, and about the creation of angels and man. As Paul says, many are infants in Christ, and have to be fed milk, and not solid food, until our life, knowledge and experience mature in the faith.

So, I issue you a challenge today. What parts of your faith, or of your spiritual life, are weak? Where is it that you require milk because you aren’t ready for the solid food?

For a few minutes, I want you to think about either a practice that you are weak on in your life, or an area relating to God or Church teaching that you know you aren’t sure about, but have never pursued. If something comes to mind, may I suggest you investigate it or email me or Deacon Roger (check the website) and we can tell you the date that topic will be covered at RCIA this year and you can come check it out.

The Christian life is about growing closer to God. That means taking an honest look at ourselves every once in a while and saying where is it that I need to trust more, work harder or understand better? What better day to start than today?

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