"Whoever acknowledges me before men . . ."
Sat, Oct 19 2019 06:04
| courage, faith, Jesus, name
Today, in the here and now, it takes a certain courage to stand up for our faith. It is easier on one level to stand up for Christian values and ethics. People often talk about the Catholic or the Christian ethos as if simply speaking in these broad terms says as much as is needed about who we are as believers. But what if someone asked, “What part does Jesus play in that ethos?” Would that question be met with embarrassed silence?
St Ignatius of Antioch said, “Don’t just be known for being a Christian, but for living as one.” Pope Paul VI put it like this, “For witness, no matter how excellent, will ultimately prove ineffective unless its meaning is clarified and corroborated.” – what Peter described as accounting for the ‘hope that is within you” (1 Peter 3:15).
Pope Paul VI went on to say, “The Good News proclaimed by the witness of life sooner or later has to be proclaimed by the word of life. There is no true evangelisation if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the kingdom and the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, are not proclaimed.” (Evangelii nuntiandi 22)