Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time ‘a’
When we come together as a community of believers in our churches, to worship our God or to participate in different ministries, we come to Mass to receive the Eucharist. We call ourselves Christians. And even though we may have come from different cultures, or we may have a different color of skin, or we may not have the same political views, or we cheer different sport teams, we always have one thing in common -- we are all Catholics here. Thus, since we all belong to the same faith, we are not afraid to pray, to make the sign of the cross, to speak about our faith and about Christ. We all do this here in our church. However, we are Catholics not only within the walls of our church, but we are also called to bring our faith, to bring Christ, to this world, to our places of work, our schools, and our families. This becomes more challenging. It is much more difficult to be a Catholic in places where others do not necessarily believe what we believe or are even opposed to our Catholicism. We would rather avoid touching on this sensitive subject. We may not feel comfortable prating before a meal in front of others, or we try to keep our faith to ourselves. No need of any outward manifestation. But Jesus said: “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.” Yes, you may feel uncomfortable or even scared to speak about Christ, but this is what we are called to do.