I watched that Common Ground show with Fr John Riccardo the other night. Something he said got me thinking. The protestant minister asked him what he thought the protestants could learn from catholics and Fr John said reverance, and explained that catholics revered Jesus and the Father, maybe a bit more than protestants. That many protestants had this concept of Jesus being their ‘buddy’ or friend.
This got me thinking about the whole ‘personal relationship’ language that protestants like to use. I wonder if they use this because of their concept of Jesus as a buddy or good friend. And because they might lack a certain reverence, they have this personal concept of their relationship with Jesus. I know I always have had a lack of understanding of the personal relationship language, and still don’t get what they’re asking. I don’t look at Jesus or the Father as my buddy or close friend. I have this idea of reverence of them both, as Fr John explained most catholics do. Is this why most of us catholics have problems with the personal relationship question?
Not that I don’t have a relationship with Christ. But I don’t think of it as personal. I try to center my life on Him, and include him in my life everywhere. But I wouldn’t really think of it as a ‘personal’ relationship. I mean, I’m not telling Him jokes or watching football with Him. His place in my life is much more reserved, holy, somber. Does that make sense?