Very often when we are asked about our beliefs, our faith, our religion we can happily answer that we believe in God, we are Christian and we are Catholic. This seems straightforward but it actually hides so many things. If we believe in God do we believe that he created us and that we are created in His image? This belief should elicit some real response from us, it should inform how we act and react to other people, to our world and to the circumstances that we find ourselves in every day of our lives. Because if believe we are created in the image of God, so is every other person and how we interact with them should be affected by that belief.
If we are Christian and believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and we follow his teachings from the Gospels then we are tasked with living a life in according to his teachings. Loving our neighbour as ourselves, loving or enemies, offering the other cheek in an argument. We are to look out and care for the poor, the weak, the marginalised, the refugee and the outcast. Our loved ones should experience unconditional love from us and be enhanced by our relationship with them.
If we are Catholic we must display all those qualities above in our belief in God and in his Son Jesus Christ. But, we must also be an active member of out Faith Community, our Parish. We must make use of the special helps that are there for us; the Sacraments, the Eucharist, the Real Presence of Jesus Christ and the aids to prayer that the Saints give to us.
As we approach Easter we come to an intense period in our Catholic Liturgical Season. We start with Palm Sunday, then Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Be with us for these Celebrations.