My wife and I just watched the trailer for the movie, “Do you Believe”, which has just been released. Can’t wait to see it. One of the lines that really caught our attention was ”If you were accused of being a Christian, is there enough evidence to convict you?” Wow! What a question….it really caused us to think and prompted a conversation between us. It is especially interesting to consider during Lent.
I don’t know about you, but my faith journey has taught me that there are no coincidences, that everything happens for a reason. For the second year in a row, I’ve been receiving emails daily for the “Gospels in a Year”. The Gospel on Saturday, March 21, was Matthew 25:31, where Jesus says, “For I was hungry and you gave Me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; naked and you covered Me…..” A little later in Matthew 25:40 Jesus says, “Amen I say to you, whenever you did this for one of these, the least of My brothers, you did it for Me”.
Then that same day, in the e-Spiration I get from Franciscan University’s Steubenville Conference Office, Pope Francis is quoted as saying, “It has been said that the only real regret lies in not being a Saint. We could also say that there is only one real kind of poverty…not living as children of God and brothers and sisters in Christ.”
Coincidence…all three of the above in one day…I don’t think so. Brothers, we could look at these with regret, disappointed that we’ve not done more for those around us or been more for our Lord. Or we could prayerfully discern what Jesus, Pope Francis, and the movie’s writers are telling us. Each is calling us to greatness, challenging us to be all that we can be. Those of us who have made the decision or had the conversion know the joy and peace experienced in understanding the unconditional love of God. We know that with God, all things are possible. And we know that in being in communion with our Lord, we have an exchanged heart, a heart that calls us to love, a heart that calls us to serve, and a heart that calls us to share the Gospel, the love of Christ. We know that this is our call, a call to greatness.
As we approach Easter, let us concentrate on how we can be impacting others with our prayers, communication, and actions. When someone indicates that they’re struggling or asks you to pray for them, do it then and there, with and for them. Look for opportunities to comment favorably to people, encouraging them, inspiring them, loving them. And always be seeking opportunities to serve, to do for others. There are so many in despair, whether due to financial, physical, emotional, spiritual, or other challenges. Those not living a life with Jesus, aren’t living life well….they aren’t in a place of joy and peace, as our Lord intended. So, in these last days of Lent and even after Easter, let’s all share in Jesus’ command, the Great Commission, making disciples of all nations, sharing the good news of the Gospel, doing so by first sharing the love of Jesus Christ.
Wishing you and your families a Blessed Holy Week and joyous Easter Sunday.