Engaged in Salvation

21 Jun

The Cross of Christ calling multitudes to salvation, calling you and me, calling our family. Givng us identity, continuity. Letting us help God in making and remaking sociiety into an image of his Kingdom.

Behold, I am sending you like sheep among wolves …” (Jn 10:6)

If you are a committed Catholic, you are engaged in the ministry of salvation. Whoever and whatever you are – a stay-at-home mom or dad, full-time worker, parish minister to the sick, lector, pro-life advocate – no matter, you are drawn deeply into the reality of Christ’s mission to bring salvation to everyone in your life – and to affect the salvation of all peoples.

There are obstacles standing in your way.

  • In your family: They all know you so well, how you were in the past and your present shortcomings. The past can blind them to who you are now, to your deeper faith. Perhaps you didn’t provide your children with a sound religious formation – and that has come back to haunt you.
  • At work, in society: There are employers who discourage any expression of religious faith; in some cases, the entire atmosphere is given to injustice and blind commitment to profit and power. There is a deeply rooted secularism which at best ignores God. Persons in political leadership are doing everything in their power to remove God from our American way of life.
  • Among people of weak or no faith: Because of social pressures, personal and family responsibilities and problems, and the general spiritual vacuum in which they live, they do not “see” or experience God.

And all this is wonderful!

Wonderful because it’s crystal clear what we must do in and for Christ in this mission of salvation. We must “make God real” for all these people – one at a time, one after another – all of us together, united in the powerful mercy and love of God.

Here are a few ideas.

The disengaged person: If a person doesn’t read the Bible or any other kind of spiritual reading, help that person encounter God in the beauty of nature – the morning song of the birds, the smile of a baby, the voice of a child saying “I love you,” the withered hand of an elderly person reaching out in friendship. Just look at a glorious sunrise or sunset. God is real – you can help them discover God in their daily lives.

Your family: You may have a bit of work to do in your family. Tell them often that you love them. Celebrate their joys and successes; mourn with them when they mourn. Be ready to say “I’m sorry” when it’s time to do so; let them see God in the way you talk and act. Pray and pray and pray for the salvation of your loved ones.

At work and in the rest of society: You need to have an unshakable commitment to live the Gospel of Christ unashamedly. Be ready to share, whenever possible, what God means to you, what he has done in your life and your confidence that he can help anyone who comes to him.

Finally, in our political situation: People of faith must never be silent. As free Americans we have the right to speak about God, the value of all human life and the need to keep God in our way of life. We have as much right to speak as do those who fight people of faith and deny the place of God in society, in government and in daily life.

Take heart — hear what God says!

“Fear not, I am with you; I will strengthen you and help you, and uphold you with my right hand of justice” (Is 41:10).

“And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Mt 28:20b).

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4 Responses to “Engaged in Salvation”

  1. bobnginn June 22, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    A big thank you, your the top, your brother in Christ, sincerly Bob Bumbolow

  2. bertghezzi@cfl.rr.com June 23, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Well done!

  3. Len Williams January 4, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

    We can draw on two huge resources, of EQUAL value, to Know and Love GOD. The first is the Bible, the WORD of GOD. The second is the wonder of creation, the Universe, the Awe of it, the WORK of GOD.
    Keep your prayers simple. Realise that you are immersed in the presence of God as all one sees and feels is from GOD.

    ELS els is from GOD. HE speaks to us face to face in HIS WORD. “Who do

    YOU YO

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    • Henry Libersat January 5, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

      God’s Word, indeed, but remember that the Church has Christ-given authority to interpret the Bible and to teach unerringly doctrine and morality. We have Tradition in the Holy Spirit who guides and protects each of us and the Church as a whole.

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