“All who see me mock me; they curl their lips and jeer, they shake their heads at me.” - Psalm 22:8
Someone once told me, “if your faith hasn’t brought persecution or challenges from others, then you are probably not living it loudly enough.” Is your faith safe? Is it always under the radar, never brought up in conversation with non-Catholics? I am not advocating for shoving the faith down people’s throats, but if we really believe the Good News is good news, then it needs to be shared! As Peter says in Acts 4:20, “it is impossible for us not to speak of what we have seen and heard.” If we are living our faith in boldness and zeal, we will be challenged. In fact, it is guaranteed in Scripture, but we can also be comforted in the knowledge that we are living out Christ’s mission. Maybe you’re afraid to stand up or speak out, especially when you feel like you are the only person in the room who is going against the grain. It is okay to be afraid, but that doesn’t give us permission to be lukewarm or inactive in our faith. We need to recognize that God is greater than our fear and not back down from the truth we are called to live in. What if we thought less about the fear of judgment, and more about the hope of one more heart turning to the Lord? Broken-hearted people are in your presence on a daily basis, do not be afraid to lead them to the only person who can heal them and satisfy their hearts: Jesus Christ. Be not afraid.
See you in the Eucharist!
Matt & Jenna are two Catholic best friends, youth ministers and worship leaders seeking to encourage, inspire & grow closer to Christ and His Church.