Who Are You When Nobody is Watching?

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.

You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Peter asked Jesus if this was directed at the apostles, or was that message meant for the entire crowd?
The message Jesus gave to Peter was (essentially), don’t be a slacker! You have to be prepared, because you don’t know the day when we will be called.

I’ve heard it said the true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching. I think this is very true. So who are you when nobody is watching? I like to keep this thought in my mind throughout my day as a reminder, but I digress. I think that message of character applies here as well. Jesus is telling us, through parables, that we can’t just “act the part” at the end. It’s not enough to stand up straight and look ready when the master appears — that will be too late. You need to be ready and doing what is right ALL the time.

The parable ends with a mightier message: “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” We interpret that to mean, God expects ALL of us to lead good lives and follow his commandments. But even more will be demanded of the leaders.

Who is a leader? In the church, we have the priests, bishops, deacons, as well as other members of the church leadership. And on a higher level of the church here on earth, we have the cardinals and the pope. But even on the lowest level, Jesus is referring to anyone who might be (or could be) a role model: parents, teachers, leaders in the community.

Keep in mind, we go to church to give praise to God and participate in the Eucharist. But when mass is over, WE become the church. It is our mission to carry. Who are you when nobody is watching? I think we should all strive to be as hardworking and faithful as possible at all times. That would be a good start. You need to be ready and doing what is right ALL the time, not just when it’s convenient or when it’s comfortable to.

It’s important to remember we can’t just be slackers, and show up on the last day expecting a ticket to the show. We have to earn our way in.

Are You Really a Christian?

“Somehow many have come to believe that a person can be a  ‘Christian’ without being like Christ. A ‘follower’ who doesn’t follow. How does that make sense?” – Multiply, Francis Chan.

I picked up this quote from a blog entry I read this morning titled, “What does it mean to be a “Follower of Jesus?” Doesn’t the quote capture the prevailing attitude and belief of Christians these days? You know, the nonchalant verbal profession of their Christianity without actions to back it up. Are you really a Christian or do you just say you are? Because we all know that actions speak louder than words.

If everyone who call themselves “Christians” actually stopped and thought about what being a Christian really means, then the entire world would definitely become a much better place. As one quote says, “Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.”

Take the time today to think about what you may need to do or change in yourself so that you can be more like Christ.

Be A Christian of Actions Not Words

“In the history of the Church there have been two classes of Christians: Christians of words – those ‘Lord, Lord, Lord’ – and Christians of action, in truth.”  These words are from Pope Francis’ homily yesterday in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae. I found his message to be very fitting. I try my best to be a Christian of actions not words.

The most most important attributes of a Christian are caring for the needy and living one’s Christian values every day, not eloquence or a good command of words. We may witness to others about our faith through our words, but how we are living our lives is the most powerful testimony of our belief and love for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We should strive each day to understand the word of God, the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Holy church so that we will be able to live out our faith fully–not just speak about it or live it out half-heartedly. So try your best to be a Christian of actions not words today, and every day moving forward.

If you want to read more about the Pope’s June 27, 2013 message, you can do so here: “Pope: Be careful you are not ‘masquerading’ as a Christian.”

Preach the Gospel at All Times and When Necessary Use Words

“Preach always. If necessary, use words”. These are wise words that should give you some sort of indication of how to live your life. There are some situations where words will just not do, and setting a good example will. If you live your life as a constant reminder of your faith, you will inspire others and people will love being around you.

I recently read a blog post by Elizabeth Esther which you can read here. The post’s title was the quote that begins the paragraph above this one. In her post she talks about how badly she has wanted her husband to understand the Catholic Church for a long time. He never seemed to come around though, and this bothered her to the point of argument with him. Her local priest told Elizabeth she should stop talking about the Church. So she did, and recently her husband has expressed an interest in joining the Catholic Church. She was thrilled with the news! It was inspiring to read this story, and it is a perfect example of not using words but still preaching. Elizabeth’s faith and actions in her life made her husband want to become a Catholic.