May 17th, 2004
Chas Kestermeier, S.J.
Theology and Chaplain of Kiewit Residence Hall
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Jesus says that we must bear witness but that this witness will
cause resistance and even persecution. For us, in our time, it is
not a matter of being thrown out of Jewish synagogues but of being rejected
and mocked by the secular world. This is evident in many of our forms
of entertainment and the loss of all religious life among many young people,
and the values that many older people live by show how little influence
God has in their lives.
In such circumstances what kind of sign can we Christians be that will
attract the lost and enlighten the world? We cannot be arrogant and
apodictic, merely condemnatory and divisive, nor can we simply proclaim
the Good News in word: the world will only know that we have what it hungers
for by seeing our love and the way that we put that love into practice.
We must be the kind of humble and gentle seekers after truth that show
--- "witness" --- that we have already found the true source of life and
are seeking only to grow in the Lord and to share him. Our guide and
our strength in this will be the Spirit.
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