So what’s up?
Questions. Asking this of teenagers is like a prelude to the sinking of the Titanic…be careful what you ask for. Actually it usually goes quite well and the children are satisfied with the answers. Here’s one: If I believe in God, why should I go to church? This is not a question to get angry or frustrated about. At some point in our lives most of us may have asked this. It is a question of discernment. Which is my answer?
A. It’s biblical. (It is)
B. Jesus went to worship (Synagogue), and if it’s good enough for him, well it’s good enough for me! (He did)
C. As Christians we believe in the “second” baptism, which is baptism by the Holy Spirit. This baptism is given to strengthen and edify the Church. (I didn’t make this up…please read Acts of the Apostles). Imagine the Holy Spirit stopping by and giving us a gift that he asks us to share. Instead we throw it in a chest. Each day he gives us a gift…we throw it in a chest keeping it to ourselves. Who are we strengthening? Who are we edifying? Sure we believe in God, but so did the Pharisees and Sadducees. It may not be today, or tomorrow, next week or even next year that someone may need us to share this gift with them. And when the time comes, where are we? Last year I said these exact words in a homily. After Mass a woman came up to me crying…she said, “thank you so much for preaching that today. I stopped going to church for ten years. A month after coming back a woman standing next to me at Mass was crying. I don’t even know why I did it, but during the sign of peace, I hugged her and said…Jesus loves you and so do I. I’ve never done that before. The young lady hugged her back even more and started crying even harder. Afterward she revealed that she was planning to kill herself that very night and came to church wanting to hear that someone loved her or she would go through with it.” Nuff said.
Until next time…may Jesus keep you smiling, may God’s grace shine on you and always pray for peace…luv ya! Deacon Phil