To really “know Christ” . . . is to deeply “love Christ” . . . is to faithfully “serve Christ.”
All that really matters is a faith that is active in love. A living faith is always accompanied by hope and love.
Faith really works. Hope warmly encourages. Love makes things happen. And the greatest of these is love!
Catechesis leads to Evangelization, which turns our Faith into Action. In this sense, the word “faith” functions more like a verb than a noun. When our faith is active in love, we have a living faith. How vital is your faith life these days?
To love your neighbor as yourself is the golden rule of the Old Testament. To love one another as Jesus has loved us is the platinum rule of the New Testament. Thus, for Catholic Christians, charity is more than just quid pro quo. Christian Service is self-sacrificial love after the heart of Jesus himself!
The Catholic Christian Lifestyle is one of prayer, learning, and service. As we look upward in faith and move forward in hope, we lead onward in love through charitable service after the very example of Jesus himself.
Parish communities promote social and service groups who make a loving difference in their parish and in their local communities. How can you be personally involved in your local parish’s charitable outreach efforts?
“They will know that we are Christians by our love.” Charity is truly faith transformed into action. As the fruit of the New Commandment of Jesus, Christian charity goes above and beyond even the Golden Rule itself.
The Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy are at the core of Christian Service, for they reveal Christ to us in the people whom we serve. We are blessed to have such wonderful opportunities! How can you respond to those in need through your parish community of faith? As Saint James tells us, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
Who we are as Catholic Christians is the only sure spiritual foundation for all that we do for the sake of others.
When we are right with God, we are enlightened and empowered to do the right things very well in Jesus’ name.
Our justification by grace leads to an inner peace that transforms our pursuit of peace and justice in this world.
So, where are you at in your relationship with Christ these days? And how is Christ inviting you to grow in holiness and virtue right now in your life? When you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, you will not only become a channel of God’s peace. You will be transformed into a reservoir of God’s love that overflows in transparently “Christian” service. Catholic Christianity catechizes and evangelizes in the very process of putting our faith into action.