Friday, August 22, 2014

What do we say?

by José Antonio Pagola (English translation by Rebel Girl)
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August 24, 2014

Matthew 16:13-20

Jesus addresses the same question to us Christians today too that he once directed to his disciples: "And you, who do you say that I am?" He's not asking us just to express ourselves on his mysterious identity, but also so that we might review our relationship with him. What can we answer from our communities?

Do we know Jesus better and better or do we have him "enclosed in our old, dull categories" as always? Are we living communities, interested in putting Jesus at the center of our life and activities, or are we mired in routine and mediocrity?

Do we love Jesus passionately or has he become a hackneyed character who we go on invoking while indifference and forgetfulness are growing in our hearts? Can those who come to our communities feel the drawing power he has for us?

Do we feel we are disciples of Jesus? Are we learning to live his lifestyle in the midst of today's society or do we let ourselves be drawn into any demand that is more appetizing to our interests? Do we not care how we live, or have we made our community a school to learn how to live like Jesus?

Are we learning to look at life as Jesus did? From our communities, do we look at the needy and excluded with compassion and a sense of responsibility, or are we enclosed in our celebrations, indifferent to the suffering of the less privileged and neglected, those who were always Jesus' favorites?

Do we follow Jesus by collaborating with him in the Father's humanizing plan, or do we go on thinking that the most important thing in Christianity is worrying exclusively about our salvation? Are we persuaded that the way to follow Jesus is to spend each day making life more humane and happier for everyone?

Do we spend Sundays celebrating Jesus' resurrection or do we organize our weekends to be void of any Christian meaning? Have we learned to find Jesus in the silence of our hearts, or do we feel that our faith is fading, drowned out by the noise and emptiness around us?

Do we believe in the risen Jesus who walks with us, full of life? Do we receive the peace he left as a legacy to us, his followers, in our communities? Do we believe that Jesus loves us with a love that will never end? Do we believe in his renewing power? Do we bear witness to the mystery of hope that we carry within us?