“There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.” I think those words of Fulton Sheen ring true today.
Since the Supreme Court made a decision to legalize same sex marriage, it seems like there has been nonstop noise on social media. As Christians, how do we respond? How are we called to go forward? #LoveWins became a popular hastag. We believe in love, but what does that mean for us as Christians?
I believe we must to continue to follow Pope Francis’ example of how he is pointing people back to Jesus. On his current trip to South America, Pope Francis said, “We evangelize not with grand words, or complicated concepts, but with ‘the joy of the Gospel.’” When it comes to the Catholic Church and marriage, the world hears a lot of words. It’s not that those words aren’t important, but if the world has not seen our witness to love and the sanctity of marriage, they find them meaningless. I firmly believe the greatest force we have as Christians is love and we must continue to find ways to love people and share Jesus with them.
Sharing on Social Media this week:
Some questions to consider as you post this week: How has love transformed your life? Who is one person who has been a tangible witness to God’s love in your life?
Taking it offline:
- Be willing to encounter people. Love the people God puts in your life this week, especially those who annoy you or make you feel uncomfortable.
- Look for a way to encourage your spouse if you are married, or if you are not look for a way to encourage a married couple you know.
- Contemplate your calling to go out and share the good news. How are you responding to this call in your life?
- Pray for your friends who don’t know Jesus by name. Ask God to give you wisdom on how to share your faith with them.
“When we give of ourselves, we discover our true identity as children of God in the image of the Father and, like him, givers of life; we discover that we are brothers and sisters of Jesus, to whom we bear witness. This is what it means to evangelize; this is the new revolution – for our faith is always revolutionary –, this is our deepest and most enduring cry.” Pope Francis
In Sunday’s gospel, Jesus sends his disciples out. He continues to send us out. I hope this week’s #ShareJesus video helps encourage you to go out and share the good news in the midst of the context we find ourselves in. I hope you find this message helpful and encourage you to share it!