“I believe in one holy, catholic, and apostolic church.”
We recite these words at Mass every Sunday, and it’s one of my favorite lines in the creed. The word “catholic” means universal, or all-embracing, and that is exactly what the Catholic Church is. All embracing and universal. I could go anywhere in the world and find a Mass with the same readings, the same prayers, and the same Jesus as we have at home. The Catholic Church is the hugest family in the world. We have so many brothers and sisters it’s ridiculous.
We proved how diverse the church is this weekend at Reawaken. No where else would you find jocks, cheerleaders, Asians, Mexicans and Whitey Mc-White-Whites come together for one purpose: to praise God.
On Saturday night, everyone was dancing to the craziest variety of songs you would only find at St. Raphael’s. We danced to the cha-cha slide, caballo dorado, and thriller within the span of 20 minutes. Seeing so many different people having so much fun together made me fall in love with the Lord even more. His love has no limits. It has no prejudice, no gender gap, and absolutely no judgement. His love is all inclusive. We have every right to it. We also have the right to turn away from it. At the beginning of time God gave us free will to choose. We have to choose Him. We must choose to live our lives for Christ. If you aren’t living for Christ then you aren’t living. There is a hole in our hearts that can only be filled by God. We are on this earth to give Him praise…so do it! Blessed John Paul II once challenged us to be “faithful witnesses of the Risen Christ.” Accept the challenge.
Psalm 37:3-4 says, “Trust in the Lord and do good that you may dwell in the land and live secure. Find your delight in the Lord who will give you your heart’s desires.” Now, this doesn’t mean that if you delight in God he will give you everything you’ve always wanted. It means that if we put all our delight in our Father in heaven, He will make our desires His desires. Eventually, we will have the same desires for our lives that God has for us.
That is my challenge for you this Lent. Ask God not to give you worldly happiness, but to make your desires His desires. And remember the lyrics of the song from the weekend: “I may be weak, but Your spirit’s strong in me. My flesh may fail, but my God you never will.” God will NEVER fail you. That’s a promise.
I’ll leave you with something that St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians. “I then, a prisoner of the Lord, urge you to live in a manner that is worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:1-6)
(PS thanks to everyone that made this weekend so incredible. Especially the amazing Jr. Core. St. Raphael’s has the best teens in the world)