To be Catholic is to be an Apostle. Jesus formed people to be His
disciples, to be his true followers and to live according to God’s Plan. After
teaching and mentoring people, He also called 12 men to be Apostles to help him
spread the Good News to the whole world. Like them, we are also called to be
apostles in today’s world, to announce the Truth with our lives.
In order to do that, we need to know Christ, He in whom “we have put our hope” (2Cor 1:10). To know Christ means to
know our faith. How much do you know your faith? It is important to study, to
read the Bible with the light given by the teachings of the Catholic Church and
to study the catechism. As we know more our faith, we will fall in love with
it; we will discover its richness and find answer to the fundamental questions
we have in life.
Study is important, but it is not enough. If we want to develop a
relationship with Christ, we also need to pray, so that Christ will not be just
one more topic in our minds or in a conversation, but a real person with whom
we relate every day of our life. It is only in prayer that Christians find the
strength to go on in life, persevering, firm in the faith (Col 2:7), in the
midst of a world that proclaims false idols, a world that wants us to think
that what our Catholic Faith teaches is old and doesn't respond to our longings
Do you pray? What do you pray and how do you pray? Do you pay attention
at mass? The Eucharist is the center of our faith. Christ himself is present in
the Eucharist. He comes to meet us. He is waiting for us in the tabernacle of
every Church. We must go and visit Him as often as we can. There is no other
formula on how to pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament than to open our heart
and trust Him.
Another very important point is to live out our faith. There is no
better way to make Christ known to others than by example. If we read in the
Bible the encounters that Jesus had with people, we always find that after each
encounter, the person who encountered Him is not the same. Their lives were
In the Gospel today we have two reactions after Jesus tells his
disciples that He is the Bread of Life. First we heard about those who gave up
because they could not understand what He was saying: “many of his disciples
returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him” (Jn 6:66).
But we also heard Peter’s answer: “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the
words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are
the Holy One of God” (Jn 6:68-69). Peter answered in the name of the twelve,
professing the same faith we believe today and to which we are called to give
witness before others.
Perhaps you are reading this because you went to mass and got the
bulletin or because somebody brought it to your house. Well, I don’t believe in
coincidences. If I were you, I would try to ask myself: “Do I really know
Christ? Do I have a personal and close relationship with Him? Does this
relationship lead me to announce Him to others?” It requires courage to be able
to face these important questions; when we are able to respond “Yes” to these
questions, we will find true happiness on earth and eternal life in heaven. As
Blessed Pope John Paul the Great said “don’t be afraid, open, open wide the
doors to Christ”.
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