You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
In my observation, in our modern days, we are trying to hide a mountain every day. Which mountain am I talking about? The Love of God.
After baptism, all of us, receive our vocations to be king, priest, and prophet. How can we be a king, without showing our throne, a priest without priesly behaviour or a prophet without preaching? Maybe... But no, unfortunately, there is no way to make things possible without really doing things.
My Catholic faith influences my daily life, from housework to making a decision in my work. It's not something I take out to show only when I'm in church. Being Catholic doesn't mean we are better than others - in fact, it should be the other way around: we should serve others.
Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.
I used to be prejudiced about the Catholic Church, until one day I had the opportunity to pepper a Catholic friend with a million questions. After that I changed my mind. Why can not we do the same with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience?
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Many times, we are afraid of giving the wrong answer. But we can always try to answer and the Spirit will help us to illuminate others when we make ourselves available as tools for that :)
When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say. For the holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.
Here I leave you a challenge. Next time, when you are introducing yourself to new friends, say you are Catholic after your name. Let's see how people react! Please, go and share your joy from and with God!
About the author
Yiran, or Maria Micaela. Born in China as a Protestant Christian but baptised in Spain (2015), being the only Catholic in the family. I came to Turku as an Erasmus exchange student and I stayed for my MSc studies. I'm also a participant of the Youth Weekends at Stella Maris.
Cooking, running and photography are my hobbies.