Last Sunday’s Mass reading included:
Romans 13: 13-14: let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and licentiousness, not in rivalry and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.
It bothered me in a good way and I didn’t sleep very well Sunday night. I suppose I’m in good company because those verses also bothered St. Augustine.
Here is my dilemma: what do I do now?
If I put on Christ, I will want to tell others about Jesus and when I find somebody who wants Jesus I’ll want to point them in the right way. Perhaps it is just as indelible a mark on my soul as my being Baptized.
I am in RCIA since I am now fully convinced to be a Roman Catholic. However, years ago (1984-1991) as a non-Catholic Christian (Evangelical), I used to often go “witnessing”.
Essentially, the idea was to find people who:
a) Knew that Jesus Christ was God’s Son
b) Knew that Jesus died for their sins
c) Wanted Jesus more than anything else
d) Had not taken any steps towards doing anything about it
Typically, after leading them in the “sinner’s prayer”, I gave them a “WHAT DOES GOD WANT YOU TO DO” sheet and a New Testament.
SECOND: It is critical that you go to a GOOD church that teaches the BIBLE. If you don’t know what church to go to, a safe place to start looking is a BAPTIST Church. It is in church that you’ll find Christian FRIENDS you need so desperately to encourage you.
Obviously that isn’t what I want to tell them any more. But if I just change the word BAPTIST to ROMAN CATHOLIC it won’t work. If somebody really new just walks in to the Catholic Church they might well try to do what they see others doing – and may wind up taking communion. And furthermore, the Catholic Church doesn’t have a point in the service (like Baptists) where they ask if there are any “first time visitors” – to please stand and introduce yourselves. And I don’t think they would find many friends at a Catholic Church because that just doesn’t seem to happen.
(1) suggested rewording of my “SECOND” part of “WHAT DOES GOD WANT YOU TO DO”.
(2) suggest to me what I should do.
By the way, I watched “Orange County Choppers” last night. Paul Sr. got out his old Harley from 1974. Most of it cleaned up pretty good, but there was some rusted chrome. He was very frustrated because the way the parts went together didn’t make a whole lot of sense. A lot had changed with motorcycles over the last 30 years. But he knew it was a great motorcycle and he would just love to ride it a lot once more.
I feel the same way as Paul Sr. Very frustrated with something old that really brought me a lot of pleasure. And at the same time it really needs fixing up before I can take it out.
Witnessing brought me an awful lot of comfort and meaning to my life. I pray at this time for the people I talked with.