I’m finding it difficult to evangelise to H2B, he simply thinks I’m always trying to correct him, and tell him he’s wrong, and rub it in his face (which is of course, not true!).
I went to a Presbyterian service on the weekend with him. He is not baptised and has been searching for a church to belong to - of course, I would love it to be the Catholic Church but he’s not quite getting his head around it…yet (pray for him St Monica!). He wanted to try this church to see what they had going on.
The service, I have to say, was wonderful - young families, young people, fantastic singing, the preaching was in-depth and really challenged each person to look at themselves and how we are spreading the message of Jesus. H2B was over the moon! He’s found what he’s been looking for! Which is great, I’m happy for him. The dancing and singing and smiles and community is wonderful to see and I truly wish that the Mass had the same effect on people. There is no comparison for me though, I simply cannot do without the Eucharist or the solemnity of the Mass.
One of the preachings in the service was that it is our job to go out and tell everyone the message of Jesus (Luke 10), and we know that sometimes people will not listen and we have to walk away at that time and shake the dust off our feet.
I tried to explain afterward that it is the same with the Eucharist - in John 6 people didn’t accept the message and Jesus let them go and even asked the apostles if they also wanted to leave. The message is there but Jesus does not force us to accept it, but those who do accept it will have eternal life. H2B did not like hearing that at all - like I was trying to rain on his parade - I just want to share Jesus’ message with him like we had just been taught!!!
So we went to Mass later that evening (presbyterian service was that morning) and of course we are hearing the gospel of John 6.
What I’m finding difficult - in wanting H2B to understand the Catholic belief - is that in the morning we spent around 45min looking at Luke 10, and only about 5 minutes looking at John 6 at Mass. H2B even commented how quick the Mass was. The Mass assumes everyone knows whats believed and said and taught, but I know that its not the case!
I’m just not sure how to evangelise to him when he only sees it as me proving him wrong and being negative. How can I make it more of a positive experience (for both of us!)?