September 22, 2008

When the Going Gets Tough

When the going gets tough what do we baptized believing Christian do?

Two typical options:

1) Draw closer to Christ. We attend Mass more often. Pray continually. Go to Confession. As soon as things get better we go right back to our lackadaisical Christian life figuring God answered us in our time of need and that's that.

2) Go into full retreat. Telling yourself that you just can't handle one more thing you skip Mass, rarely pray without cursing and yelling, can't handle going to Confession because that's too stressful to fit in. When things get better go back to your regularly scheduled Christian living figuring God noticed you were struggling and helped you out without you even asking. You'll thank Him by being His friend now.

Both of these options, and I hate to get too theological here but I feel that I must: SUCK.

As CATHOLIC Christians we don't accept that you can just call yourself Christian and think Jesus is my best friend and that's enough. NO. To live fully with Christ; to enter fully into Communion with Him; to truly be his friend does not mean being a fair or foul weather friend. It means being a fair AND foul weather friend. It's like your family. It's like a marriage. It's like vows. I promise that no matter what I will be with you forever. Christ promised to be with US always. It seems like He got the bad end of the relationship. Somedays, I can't believe He doesn't ask for a divorce.

We must be His bosom friend. We must let Him into our hearts as much as He wants to let us into His. At the Last Supper, St. John the Evangelist rested his head on Christ's bosom. St.John never abandoned His friend-even after His friend was no longer on this Earth. How can we fail to be moved by that love and devotion? Why don't we even try?!?


Blogger Chris said...

beautiful post, Cathy. I need to think about these kinds of things more often...

September 22, 2008 9:35 PM  
Blogger Angela M. said...

Miss Cathy - you have won an award. Come to my blog to collect it!

September 23, 2008 11:32 AM  

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