October 25, 2012

Disciples Called to Witness: Being Evangelized

In Part Three of the USCCB's "Disciples Called to Witness", the bishops cite Pope Benedict XVI's Spe Salvi: "The Christian message was not only 'informative' but 'performative.' The means: the Gospel is not merely a communication of things that can be known -- it is one that makes things happen and is life-changing."

What does this mean? "The one who has hope lives differently." We cannot just know our faith but must change as a result. If we aren't changed by the message, we don't really have it (or not deeply enough).

How do we achieve that?  Simply, we must be evangelized.  We must allow ourselves to be evangelized, even seek out to be evangelized. "A disciple of Christ must continually renew his or her faith."  Consider Mass each week. First, we receive the Word from Sacred Scripture, then in the Eucharist. After we've receive, then we are sent out into the world to proclaim the Gospel.

Mass is not the exception but the rule - the example of how we should live. We need to recharge on the weekend before heading into work again. We need to recharge in bed before waking to a new day.  Likewise, we need to recharge our faith before we go out to spread it.

For a recharge, consider one of the links on my website. Among them, you'll find some great faith-rechargers:
Also, try reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church in a year with help from Flocknote: http://www.flocknote.com/list/54755

No comments:

Post a Comment