When I am in front of others, I will foster the awareness that I am a witness to the truth of Christ’s revelation and try to let the Holy Spirit speak through my actions
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I
believe that you are present here as I turn to you in prayer. I trust and have confidence in your
desire to give me every grace I need to receive today. Thank you for your love, thank you for your
immense generosity toward me. I give you my life and my love in return.I come to you Lord Jesus, my
friend and my teacher, so that by listening to you I will discover you more, experience you more and
learn from you more. I desire to live according to the inspirations of your Holy Spirit.
Grant me, Lord, the grace to stand up for my beliefs today.
1. Too Cowardly for Martyrdom:
.Sometimes it’s very difficult to acknowledge Jesus before others. We think of the
possibility of martyrdom, and we all wonder if we would be able to be faithful to Jesus if it meant
death. We may think that we witness to him pretty well in our everyday lives, but do we really? We
listen to attacks on Jesus and his Church without objection. Sometimes we even kind of nod or smile
as if to let on that we agree. We would never say such things ourselves, but we don’t really stand
up for Jesus even when there is no possibility of martyrdom. How many of us have a terrible time
just making the sign of the Cross in a public place? It’s a simple thing, something I do every time
I come to the table to eat, but somehow, it can be incredibly difficult in a restaurant, where the
only the burden is that “people might think I’m a Catholic.”
2. Accepting the Truth:
Christ’s teaching about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit may be worrisome because we
may think that there exists some unforgivable sin. Yet, there is no unforgivable sin. God’s love and
mercy is all-powerful against sin. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit has been understood by the
Church to mean final impenitence -- that the Holy Spirit is trying to convince us of our sins and we
won’t accept them. If we are finally convinced, there is no blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
However, if we die without having accepted his truth, then we will be guilty of blasphemy against
the Holy Spirit. Do I let the Holy Spirit convince me of my sinfulness? Are there things that the
Church teaches as wrong that I don’t want to accept? Are there sins that I think aren’t too bad
because I want to make them a part of my life? Is there any other way that I refuse to accept the
Holy Spirit’s work in shaping and forming my conscience so that it is in accord with the truth? Sins
cannot be forgiven if they are not accepted as sins.
3. Witnessing with My Life: .
Maybe we don’t worry too much about being hauled into court for our Christianity, but we still have
to testify to it everydayevery day with our lives. No matter where we go or what we do, we are
witnesses to our belief in Christ. The Greek word “martyr” means “witness.” I need to let the Holy
Spirit speak through me when I am in front of others. There are many who know I am a Christian.
TheyPeople will be judging not just me, but all Christians by my actions, so I need to live charity
as the mark of a genuine Christian. When I live charity, it will be a sign to all that what Jesus
taught is true. I need to foster the humility of a person who looks at the greatness and holiness of
God the Father and yet recognizes his own pettiness and sinfulness. I need to live all the virtues
in the concrete circumstances of my daily life. The only way I can do all these things is by letting
the Holy Spirit speak through the actions of my life, so that my life is the testimony that others
need it to be.
Conversation with Christ: Dear Jesus, I can hear your call to a deeper
intimacy with you. I want to draw closer, yet at times, I also feel reluctance. Help my weak will.
Inflame my heart with a greater love for you so that I can be a true “martyr”, a witness to your
faithful love. Open my heart to your Holy Spirit so that I live as a true Christian.
When I am in front of others, I will foster the awareness that I am a witness to the truth of
Christ’s revelation and try to let the Holy Spirit speak through my actions.