|You can tell he's British|
by his dental care.
In many ways, we Christians have forgotten how to love the world around us. When we wake up every morning, fearful of the day and the wrongs we might confront, we're missing the point. Christianity isn't a losing battle, its a celebration. Check your liturgical calendar, we have feast days all the time. Why? Because we celebrate! Christianity is a joyous expression, a gleeful shout that first erupted 2000 years ago on Easter morning. We are the people bearing the Gospel, the Good News. If we truly understood the gravity of the News that we are to proclaim to the world, we would have no time to complain. We would be unable to frown, we'd never stop laughing and shouting in sheer exhilaration, because we are the first light of a dawn in the day that never ends. We are light and salt, we are the joy of the world.
|These children are happy. Now please,|
I'd love to hear why you are not.
When a Christian meets the world, it is his joy that is his greatest weapon. Christianity best conquers the human heart not with the sword, but with the outstretched arm, with the invitation to life. As a Christian, I must wake up every morning, not gritting my teeth because my enemies exist, but resplendently joyful because God has made his dwelling among men. If Christians are fighting a battle in this day and age, it is a battle already won. We have no place to cringe, no right to grit and gnash our teeth, because we are living testimonies to God's goodness. Consider Paul: "Creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the Children of God; for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now." (Romans 8: 19-22). We're Christian for Christ's sake! Consider what that means if we truly believe the message we proclaim! If we really live the Word we read, the Eucharist we receive; if we truly consider the sheer audacity of our faith, we would all but die of joy.
Oh you Christian, you have no excuse to be sad! You have no right to mourn, because the Risen Christ lives and dwells in you, and is using you to redeem the world! Celebrate this truth! Proclaim in any way you can the love Jesus Christ has for humankind! Start by doing something other than internet-surfing.