For the past year or so, I’ve been trying to build the habit of reading the Bible daily. (Stress on the trying). Fr. Larry Richards promotes the practice “No Bible, No Breakfast. No Bible, No Bed.”
The Bible is the Word of God – of course, we should engage that word every day. (If you’re interested in creating this habit – start with the Gospels. Maybe, even do them a few times through. Just a paragraph per day.)
Anyway yesterday in my readings, I came across this passage:
“Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” Mark 8:38
That one hit me kind of hard. Ashamed. That’s tough to swallow. No one wants to admit feeling ashamed of something.
But, this passage is pretty clear cut. If we’re ashamed of Christ, he will be ashamed of us in the end. Those are high stakes.
So, let’s ask ourselves – are we ashamed of Christ? Are we ashamed to say grace in public? To say we go to a Catholic Church? To say we’re pro-life?
At the root of feeling ashamed is an over concern with what others think of us, or what we think others think of us. And, that’s a dangerous game to play.
A week or so ago was the feast of St Thomas More. You may have seen this quote, but I’ll still share it now: “I do not care very much what men say of me, provided that God approves of me.”
Simple, profound – all the makings of a great one-liner. But, to St. Thomas More, it was more than that. He lived it. He was martyred because he truly believed it.
There are a lot more Henry VIIIs in our world today – people who want to be told that what they’re doing is right, when it isn’t. What will we do? Will we stand for Christ?
Be the Men,