by Nicole Jones, Coordinator of Red Stick Catholics
I firmly believe that each of us, as God’s beloved, have a place in our hearts where we can return to the moments that brought us to where we are today. For me it resembles an art gallery, but who knows what it looks like for you. No matter how it is expressed, these sacred spaces in our hearts provide us with comfort and peace, just like the upper room provided comfort and peace to the apostles. In reading this upcoming Sunday’s readings, God makes it abundantly clear that the things that we hold dear to in the upper room are also the things we are called to share with others in the bustling streets of Jerusalem.
We already can evangelize just through our presence. Going out into the public and being a witness is already a good way to evangelize. The ministry of presence is so much more impactful than most people think. People have to know that we are Catholic by the way that we interact with others. Another great way is being prepared to defend our faith. The world has misconceptions about our Catholic faith. The apostles had to do this all time as they went and evangelized to the Gentiles. So too are we called to do so.
Imagine trying to follow a game whose rules and objectives you don’t know and whose players aren’t letting on. That is approximately how things now stand where the Supreme Court, President Joe Biden and the issue of abortion are concerned. And if that sounds complicated, that’s because it is.
Why do sincere people so often find themselves at odds with each other? The issue here is not about when sincerity meets insincerity or plain old sin. No. The question is why sincere, God-fearing people can find themselves radically at odds with each other.