Pastor' Message Oct 1st
The other day I was presented with a question that made me pause and step back. Not only did the question put me on the spot personally but it made me think of our updated Parish Plan for this year and how we are doing in achieving our vision of "growing disciples of Christ".
Here is the Question: "If I ever was to be arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict me?"
I was so enamored with the question I thought I would run it by some of our parishioners and see how they might respond. I turned to the Men's Friday Morning Cursillo group and asked them "What evidence would the judge be looking for that they are disciples of Christ?". Here is their response and the scripture verse to back it up:
to Christ and his greatest commandment ("Love God and love neighbor as yourself." Mark 12:30-31)
H- Helps those in need ("Whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers your do unto me;" Matt 25:40)
R- Reconciled to God and Neighbours ("Forgive as the Lord forgave you." Col 3:13)
I- Imitates the role model of Jesus ("That you love one another, even as I have loved you." John 13:34)
S- Serves others ("As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace." 1 Peter 4:10)
T- Tells the Good News ("Go out and spread the good news." Mark 16:15)
I- Identified by Love ("Love is patient, love is kind." 1 Cor 13:4)
A- Adores God ("Our Father who art in Heaven hallowed be thy name." Matt 6:9)
N- Needs to LOVE NOW, at this very moment, in this very place! ("Indeed, the "right time" is now. Today is the day of salvation." 2 Cor 6:2)
How would you respond if you were asked the question? Would you be convicted as a disciple of Jesus?
God bless, Father Titus