Friday, March 22, 2013

Time to evangelize

One of the most interesting things to note in today's gospel is that even with the signs Jesus is working people are not believing. Jesus then goes back to the place John was baptizing an people respond. "...everything John said about this man was true.” And many there began to believe in him. They believed in Jesus because of the testimony of John.

We think of evangelization as something we Catholics just don't do. You can trace it in this country to the anti-Catholic sentiment with which most of our ancestors were greeted. As a Catholic, you kept your head down, your mouth shut, worked hard, and tried to fit in. Many even changed their last names and adopted nicknames to hide first names that sounded too ethnic, too papist.

But that was then. We now have a mostly Catholic Supreme Court, a Catholic Vice-President, and here in Virginia, no matter who wins, we will have our third Catholic governor in a row. So what is our present day excuse for not sharing our faith? What is our excuse for not even the simple expressions of faith in public, like pausing to bless food before we scarf it down?

If we truly believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life then what is stopping us from looking for those little opportunities we have each day to be John, the witness.