Thought of the week
We live in a world increasingly moving away from the idea of sin. Actions once believed to be wrong have been redefined and civil laws have condoned many things once universally acknowledged to be wrong as now being right and lawful.
As Catholics we find ourselves being accused of intolerance and bigotry. In fact it is society that is becoming more intolerant in its rush to embrace every kind of individualism. People are encouraged to be independent, to be self-directed, and to be self-reliant with freedom to live as they wish without concern for how this might impact on others and on society as a whole. Unless we are going with this tide we are seen as a threat resulting in intolerance and hostility.
There will come a time when speaking up for our faith and witnessing to the teachings of Jesus will put us in conflict with civil law. Faith can be costly and we have the army of martyrs down the ages to attest to that. It is tempting to react to this type of threat with equal measures of hostility. However, as difficult as it may sound, it is God’s way to overcome opposition through charity and understanding not confrontation. Courageous steadfastness is what is needed. Stating our faith with conviction is not easy but it is what we are called to do.
The message to not be afraid given by Jesus to his Apostles is the same message he gives to us. Do not be afraid of those who can kill the body but not the soul. Fear rather the one who can destroy the body and soul in hell.
Have courage and witness to Jesus and his teachings and Jesus will witness to us in the presence of his Father in heaven. Pope Saint John Paul II often said, ‘Do not be afraid’. Let us put all our trust in the Lord and not be afraid to witness to him.’