CAMPUS PADRE Offers food for thought
We are they, today. You are sent today, from this temple of the Lord, to go out into the world where the spiritual harvest is plenty. It is no less plenty now than it has ever been, in so far as there are people out there for you to reach, for you to touch, for you to allow the grace and power of Lord to work through you as you share the Good News of Salvation. The heart of the message is simply, repent and believe for the Kingdom of God is at hand! Jesus is as close to that person you reach out to, as they will let him be… go and inspire them by your love of God and love of that person, your neighbor, to experience freedom in Christ.
Jesus tells us that we don’t need to take with us more than the essentials. What is essential in our circumstance? Our personal saving knowledge of and relationship with God… Father, Son and Holy Spirit. First and foremost. Without that, all the apologetic knowledge, catechism memorization and rhetorical expertise is meaningless. You must be able to answer the most important question. Who is Jesus to you and why.
If the people you encounter and share with, reject you… it’s ok, pray for them and move on, judgement and punishment are things between God and that person alone. It isn’t personal and their salvation doesn’t rest upon your actions alone. If they welcome you, praise God and don’t forget why you’re there. No matter what, avoid causing scandal or controversy through your own words and actions that are not borne of love and found in the mouth and actions of Christ. As he images the Father, so too you ought to image the Son.
St. Teresa of Avila:
Christ has no body on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ looks out to the world.
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless others now.
Do you have any doubt that God can use you in this way. Consider St. Paul. He was a Pharisee, a Roman Citizen. He was an aggressive enemy of the first Christian community and complicit in the martyrdom of St. Stephen. Yet, Christ touched his heart, healed his mind and enflamed his soul. We are not unaware of the powerful and amazing ways in which Christ was able to work through the humility, obedience, courage and boldness of this man. Is God not able to do so in you, if you are willing?
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CampusPadre is a college ministry Priest Chaplain with 30 years experience in youth and young adult ministry, who strives to let the Holy Spirit lead and challenges students to seek holiness above all.