“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10 All that we have is a gift from God. Including our very life and, of course, our Catholic faith! Personally, I am so very grateful that our Lord called me to know, to love, and to serve Him; and to do so here at St. Andrew. We are so blessed with a wonderful faith-filled community!
When our Lord Jesus sent out the 72 disciples, he called them to join in the work and mission of the 12 Apostles to preach the Gospel and to heal. This work of the baptized is part of our Vocation as Christians to spread the message of Jesus Christ with zeal and enthusiasm. Our Baptism and Confirmation notonly call us to give of ourselves to this extremely important work daily, but these Sacraments, through the Holy Spirit, also give us the power we need to do so.
In our Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 1304 and 1305 it states: Like Baptism with it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the “character,” which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness. This “character perfects the common priesthood of the faithful, received in Baptism, and “the confirmed person receives the power to profess faith in Christ publicly as it were officially (quasi ex officio).
In bringing Baptismal grace to fulfillment, Confirmation unites us more firmly to Jesus Christ and to His Body, the Church. This Sacrament also increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us, to give us “a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross.” (CCC 1303)
So, how can we take up this challenge to help transform our culture, our community, our families, and our friends in Christ? Last week I gave you a few ideas. Below are a few more:
All the above are works of evangelizing disciples. If you would like to put your faith in action here at St. Andrew the Apostle, go to our website and scroll down till you see “Volunteer at St. Andrew.” Click on that red “Sign-up Today” button and fill out the form that comes up or click here. Someone will be in touch with you within the week!
Yours in Jesus!
Bill Marcotte-Pastoral Associate