They will know we are Christians by our blog?
Have you ever met someone for the first time and realized that your pre-conceived notions about them were wrong? I recently had one of these encounters and it made me realize something. You see, this encounter was with someone whose writing I respect. I enjoy reading what they write regarding their musings about the faith. From what they write, I had contrived in my mind a certain persona. “This person will be totally cool and they’ll totally like me”. Suddenly, in a flash of realism, I was reminded again of my insecurities. Upon meeting them, they totally brushed me off. I know the fact that we all fail in what it means to be a Christian, but in that moment, I began questioning my own level of “coolness”. Let me repeat, a fellow Catholic sparked in me the question of whether I was “cool”. After regaining my mental composure, I began to question if this is something I do to others and not realize it. How many people in the world look at me as unapproachable because perhaps I look “too cool” for them; too Catholic, too heady, too puritanical? Have I locked people out unintentionally simply because I am not willing to welcome them into my heart or life, even for one minute?
My friends, Catholic or not, know I write for Team Orthodoxy. They know I’m pretty crazy about the Catholic faith. But do they know that I love them? In the Gospels, Jesus is seen making every single person’s worth known to them. Relationships were important, even with the “unclean” Samaritans. Do my coworkers, my friends, my family, know that I care for them down to the core? Do they see in me that type of love that looks through the external and meets the heart? Being part of a team of Catholics who work for the New Evangelization, I have had to pose this question to them: “When people look at us, do they know that they are loved? When we look at each other, do we know we are loved?”. The truth is, the world will know we are Christians by our love, and not by our blog. If our Facebook screams it more than our actions, perhaps it is time to question where we are at on our road to virtue. We may just be taking the easy route and not taking the hard road of real charity. We heard from in the Gospel that the narrow gate awaits us. Hopefully we can all deflate ourselves of our pride so we can fit through. The only thing you can take to Heaven with you are the souls you helped to save.