Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Defending the Faith or we are arguing with others about it?

Jesus never argued or debated the Faith... He gave it, explained it, and left it for others to either accept it or walk away. For example, when Jesus gave us the teaching on the Eucharist in the Holy Gospel of St.John Ch. 6 He explained His teaching about the Eucharist being His true Flesh and Blood and unless we eat of His Flesh and drink of His Blood we do not have Life within us. When others rejected His teaching, He let them walk away. He didn't argue with them and say... "Wait, perhaps you didn't understand it completely." He let them go. In other words, all of us have to make an act of Faith to either accept His teaching or reject it and walk away. We also need to allow others to do the same.

By the way, I especially chose this photo of the sword of St. Galgano who was a soldier and relinquished his sword into the ground (embedded in solid rock) and entered into the monastery which holds his name. Pretty apropos considered many Christians are like St. Peter wanting to cut someone's ear off with the sword of their words to try to persuade them to accept the truth. But "Then Jesus saith to him: Put up again thy sword into its place: for all that take the sword shall perish with the sword." (Mt. 26:52)

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