Some good Catholics are doomsayers. They announce that the world is so full of evil that the Second Coming of Jesus is soon and great chastisements are about to befall all nonbelievers.
Some good Catholics are blind seers. They think everything is fine. The priest that others complain about can’t possibly be doing wrong. The parish environment that turns people away with unfriendliness or lack of enthusiasm can’t possibly be un-Christian. The child who looks emotionally bruised can’t possibly have an abusive parent.
The truth is: Neither doomsayers nor blind seers are useful to the Lord for advancing the causes of his kingdom. They miss opportunities to make the world a better place. We will all be held accountable for sitting still when the Lord wants to take action through us.
You are the coming of Christ each day! He wants to help nonbelievers discover how to believe – through you. He wants to help priests thrive as good shepherds – through you. He wants to enliven worship and parish environments – through you. He wants to bring healing to families – through you.
Of course, that seems impossible. You’re just one person pitted against big problems. And you’re right, it is impossible if you think you’re alone. We need to band together, collaborate, embrace the reality of the power of belonging to a communion of saints.
Together, we are the Body of Christ. Together, everything that’s possible for God is possible for us.
© 2014 by Terry A. Modica
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