ONE Sunday morning, a mother wake her son up and told him that it was time to get ready for church. But The son replied, “I’m not going.” “Why not?” she asked.
“I’ll give you two good reasons,” he said. “One, they don’t like me, and two, I don’t like them.”
His mother replied, “I’ll give YOU two good reasons why you SHOULD go to church. One, you’re 55 years old, and two, you’re the priest of the church!”
Funny story. But this brings us to the reality of how we treat our church. A challenge to be intentional and be committed with our relationship with God through the church. Are you done dating your Catholic Faith? This is a personal question from me as we rediscover our Catholicism.
“Christianity in the Philippines has been more of a social fact more than a personal conviction.” –Horacio Dela Costa, S.J.
Most Catholics have been called “cradle” because they were born and raised as a Catholic. They are called nominal Catholics who practice their religion only as part of their routines. Some are called K.B.L. Christians, which stands for Kasal (wedding), Binyag (baptism) and Libing (burial) Christians. These are the majority of Catholics who only attend the major events of the Church and do not really grow in their faith.
Are you a Church-dater? Author Joshua Harris shares the signs that you and I need to watch out namely: ME-centered asks what we can get and benefit from the church? What can the church do for me? Independent means we are a careful to avoid getting involved too much, especially with people. We are not creating connections and building relationships and Critical means we are quick to find fault in the church.
Be a CHURCH GROWER, not just a church goer.
In contrast, Apologist Matthew Kelly gives us the 4 Signs of a Dynamic Catholic that we need to commit into:
Prayer – Dynamic Catholics have a daily commitment to prayer.
Study – Dynamic Catholics are continuous learners.
Generosity – Dynamic Catholics are filled with a spirit of service and are generous stewards of their time, talent and treasure.
Evangelization – Dynamic Catholics invite others to grow spiritually by sharing the love of God with them.
“We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10
“… To prepare God’s people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up.” – Ephesians 4:12
Let us stop dating our church and instead be committed followers of Jesus. These are some of the practical actions you can do to activate your faith:
Join the FEAST (For more info visit www.LightFam.com) or attend to your local parish.
Bring one, bless one. Invite your family and friends to join you.
Find ways to serve in the church and use your time, talent and treasure to bless others.
Give more, share more and love more. Visit www.FeastVideo.com and join the movement of shining the Light of Jesus.
Finally, God has something better for you and me than dating the church. When we resist passion and commitment in our relationship with the church, everyone gets cheated out of God’s best. You cheat yourself, your church and the world. Your life is much bigger than yourself… You are part of something immense that began before you were born and will continue after you die. God has a vision and mission for us all and He wants you to be part of it.
“Ask and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.” –Matthew 7:7
My prayer for all of us is that we decide and commit to grow in our relationship with Jesus through our Catholic Church. No more dating, instead, start loving!
Enjoy the RiDe of Your Life,
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