How Can You Make Christ Known?

I read this very inspiring story from the Catholic Herald today: “Pilgrim walks 1,800 miles to Rio ‘to show people that God is alive.” Fabio Matues, a Catholic pilgrim from Brazil walked 1,800 miles from his home to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day with aims of making Jesus known to others. Walking past over 70 cities and towns, his journey was not an easy one with many nights spent sleeping in his hammock up between trees or along the roadside. After hearing this story it made me think how can I do something similar. It doesn’t have to be a long walk, but how can you make Christ known?

With his endeavor catching the media’s attention, he sure was able to make an impact on the whole world and not only to the people he met in his journey.

Can you make the same sacrifice that this man did? Would you be willing to leave your work and family for months so you could evangelize for Christ? Are you taking part in sharing the good news to the world? There are many small yet significant ways you and I can evangelize to others. There are a lot of people in our community that need to hear about the love and grace of Jesus.

Take this day to think about the ways you can take part in the sharing of the Gospel. How can you make Christ known to more people?

The Touch of Jesus Can Change Your Life Forever

We are living in a society where people have become very sensitive of the way they are touched.  Nevertheless, there are still many instances wherein a touch is greatly welcomed. For example, the touch of Jesus can change your life forever in a positive and amazing way.

A lot of fans are willing to pay large amounts of money just to be in the front row of a concert so they could have a chance to touch their favorite celebrity–from sports fans to fans of movie stars and music artists. To be able to shake the hands or simply just touch the garment of their favorite star can bring so much thrill and happiness in some people.

There’s one touch that brings more than just excitement–Jesus’ touch. The touch of Jesus brings pure joy, encouragement, enlightenment, transformation and healing. Take the story of the blind man that was healed by the touch of Jesus or the leper and the woman that had bled for years. The touch of Jesus changed the lives of all these people during his time.

If you need help or healing in your life today, reach out to Jesus. Make no mistake about it. The touch of Jesus can change your life forever, that is for sure.

Read more about the amazing power of Jesus’ touch through this post: “Jesus’ Touch, Blessing, and Joy.”

Loving Jesus By Loving Others

Were you able to listen to or read the Pope’s message for the feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle? If you haven’t yet, you can do so here: “Works of mercy caress, bind Christ’s wounds.”

For me, Pope’s Francis’ homily was a beautiful reminder of Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:35-40:

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?”

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

I am quite certain that we all want to show our love to Jesus. Loving Jesus by loving others might be the best way to do so. Show him how thankful we are of the great sacrifice that he has made for our salvation. In the Pope’s homily, he reminds us of the best way we can do that–by showing love and kindness to others. Loving Jesus by loving others is something we should strive to do in life.

Followers of Christ: What It Meant and What It Means

When Jesus was on Earth, he had followers. Aside from the twelve Apostles, he had a crowd of people constantly following him wherever he went. Regardless of the weather, the distance of the journey, or the difficulty of the situation, these people tirelessly walked the path that Jesus walked and went where Jesus chose to go.

As modern-day Christians, we no longer have the opportunity to physically be with Jesus and follow him in his journeys. However, we can still be “followers” of Christ. When you look at the Gospels, you will see that “followers of Christ” are not only those people who literally follow his every step. The very meaning of being a follower is to spend time learning from and about Jesus and trying to live how he lived.

Have you been a faithful modern-day follower of Christ? Read this post for an inspiring story about following Christ’s leading: “Where He leads, Still I will Follow.” Followers of Christ have always had the same principles and beliefs. However since we cannot literally follow Christ every day, we now have a slightly different definition.

Resting on the Grace of Jesus

The opening statement of the post, “The Finished Work of Christ,” is the center of this entry. It says, “God wants us to rest on the finished work of Christ.” To me this means resting on the grace of Jesus. Let me explain.

Don’t we all worry about our salvation at one point or another? Don’t we all sometimes feel as though what we are doing here on Earth is simply not enough to gain us entrance to heaven? Knowing our doubting nature, Jesus gave us assurance of his grace in Ephesians 2:8, 9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of ourselves; it is the gift of God not of works, lest anyone should boast”
Although worrying about our salvation is a good sign that we really want to be with God in Heaven, being obsessed about gaining entrance to heaven is pointless, unhealthy, and possibly even sinful. Salvation is freely offered to all of us. All we have to do is accept this offer of Christ and believe that Jesus has done all that is necessary to provide complete salvation to all of mankind.

Instead of wasting our time worrying on what we can do to gain salvation, we should live our lives for Christ–praising and thanking him for all that he has done. We should also be doing our absolute best to follow his footsteps and live a virtuous life as he did. Resting on the grace of Jesus is making use of the gift God has given us.

Jesus Has Already Won The Battle

With all the horrible things that happen in our world and the temptations that we struggle to resist each day, we cannot help but wonder at times whether we are winning the battle against evil. We are surrounded by sin, and though we try our best to make a difference in the lives of others, it always seems as if nothing in this world is changing–that we are losing the battle!

A post I read earlier titled, “Jesus Wins Out,” reminded me that I need not worry about these things. I need not worry about the outcome because Jesus has already won the battle! As Paul the Apostle said in Philippians 3:12, “It’s not that I’ve already reached the goal or have already completed the course. But I run to win that which Jesus Christ has already won for me.”

The Scripture makes it clear that although we are part of the war, the battle is not our personal battle–it is the Lord’s. When Jesus died on the cross of Calvary, he has already stripped Satan of his authority over mankind. So Jesus has already won the battle, now all we have to do is remain faithful and claim our inheritance in his return.

We Can Find All We Need in Jesus

In this world many people go through life searching for something that will “complete” them–something that will fill the empty void that they feel within. For instance, single men and women look for life partners to complete them, couples desire children to complete the family, and once a family is there Mom and Dad wish for their own home and car–then a bigger home, then a nicer car and so on. It’s as if there’s always something missing–that life is never really complete no matter what they do.

The feeling of emptiness is natural to humans. Having been desecrated by sin, we all feel that we lack something. However, the sad thing is that not all of us are able to figure out what it is that we are lacking. Many go in the wrong direction to fill the void in their lives–going after material possessions and fleeting success when in fact, we only need one thing–a close and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

We can find all we need in Jesus. He knows us more than anyone else and understands the emptiness within us. It is by surrendering fully to him that we can expect to receive the peace and fulfillment that we so desire.

Learn more about how we can find all we need in Jesus Christ check out this post: “Settle It In Your Soul: YOU Have Been Made Whole.”

Are You Ready To Let Jesus In?

Have you seen that photo of Jesus Christ standing on a doorstep and knocking on the door? I seem to be seeing a lot of it lately. Every time I do, it calls me to contemplate the longing of Jesus to come into our lives and create an intimate communion with us. While I have been privately reflecting on this matter for some time now, a post I read today titled, “Jesus At The Door” made me decide to share my thoughts.

It is so inspiring to know that the God of the universe who so selflessly came down to Earth to be crucified, just to save all of us from the bondage of sin, is still knocking at our hearts’ door. He is offering us an invitation to salvation–pleading for us to let him into our lives. So are you ready to let Jesus in?

“Behold, I stand at the door and Knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and dine with him, and he with me.” Revelations 3:20

Remember that Jesus is always knocking at the door of our hearts, waiting for our response. He is there to offer us the priceless gift of life eternal, but in exchange we must throw away all the worthless, dangerous toys of this world.

I will ask you again, are you ready to let Jesus in?

Jesus Christ is the Only Way to Salvation

Pope Francis opened the week with a beautiful message about salvation, saying that “The Only Path is Jesus, He is the Gate, He is the Way.” I found this reminder to be simple, but very important. Often people forget that there is only one way to eternal life–and that is through the grace of Jesus Christ alone.

Salvation is not a complicated thing. It is a simple, freely given gift that we can all receive and take part of, if we want to. All we have to do is believe and accept that Jesus Christ died for us, was buried, and rose from the dead. In other words, there is nothing we need to give up to be saved, only our disbelief. As it says in Acts 16:31, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…”

There is no other way to enter the gates of heaven,  but through the open gate of love that is Jesus Christ. He has done his part in making salvation available to us by dying on the cross of Calvary. Now, it is our choice to either accept his gift, believe in him, take the path that he offers or reject him and turn away.

Faith is Believing in a Tangible Jesus

The Pope held a mass for Italian police serving around the Vatican early yesterday morning at Casa Santa Marta, and his homily was centered on faith in Christ. While the topic is probably one of the most favorite subjects for homilies of priests all over the world, I found Pope Francis’ message to be very refreshing and profound. He did not merely expound on the importance of having faith in Christ but how to actually have faith in him.

Faith in Christ does not just mean believing in a heavenly, impalpable presence, but believing in a concrete, historical person–someone that actually exists in real life and not just in our minds. This means that to have faith in our Savior is to look at him as a tangible person–someone we can talk to, experience and have a personal relationship with.

It is through faith in Jesus Christ that we will be able to inherit eternal life. So as Pope Francis said, “Let us ask the Lord that we may grow in this faith, this faith that makes us strong, makes us joyful, this faith that always begins with an encounter with Jesus and always continues throughout life with small daily encounters with Jesus.”

If you want to read more about the Pope’s homily on faith in Jesus, you can do so here: “Faith is not theoretical, but a personal relationship with Jesus.”