A few years ago around Christmas there was a series of commercials on television. You know the kind – the ones that tug at your heart strings, make you long for a peaceful, less stressful time surrounded by loved ones or ones that call you to action to help others. On these particular commercials, after a series of thought provoking images and a few spoken words, when the message on comes up that all these good works people are doing around the world, their connection and companionship together and the peace and joy they found was through Jesus Christ, I am embarrassed to say my first thought was “this must be the Mormons – The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints”.
Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be the Catholic Church. Yes, our Catholic Church. I am not sure I had ever really seen the Catholic Church advertise. In this day and age, it kind of makes sense. Media is quick to cover the negative aspects of the Catholic Church but maybe not all the good things the Church does. The Church is the largest charitable organization on the planet. The Church educates more children than any other scholarly or religious institution. The Church has spanned the centuries and the globe. The Church is made up of every race.
What is the Church? The building? The priest? The pope? Yes. However, the better question is “Who is the Church?”. The Church is us - each one of us together, young and old, makes up the family of the Church.
A few year ago, the STMC BERT team made this inspirational video on faith. If you have been away from the Church or would like to learn more about the Catholic faith, I invite you to check out some accessible online resources at www.catholicscomehome.org and https://alpha.org/catholic-context/home. Our campus minister Mr. David Mattiazzo, Mrs. Susan Silveira or myself would be happy to speak with you if you would like to learn more.
Is this the right time to learn more about the Catholic Church? There is never a wrong time.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts …. forever.