“In today’s Gospel for the Feast of Saint Agatha Jesus says,
Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”
Today at 1:00 pm, my wife will be having surgery to remove a tumor. I’m a firm believer in the power of prayer so I have asked my Internet contacts, Facebook friends, and online business associates to pray for her. Normally I wouldn’t do that in a business context, but this is too important to leave any stones unturned.
The response has been nothing short of amazing. People who I barely know, people I’ve never met in person, and people that I would never have thought to be particularly religious have responded to my request with kind words, thoughts, and the promise of prayers.
In spite of what you may see, hear, or read in the media, the world is full of wonderful, faith-filled people. Responding to Jesus’ words today, they’re not ashamed of their faith. Whether the president thinks this is a Christian country or not, I know that it is. That doesn’t mean that every one of our citizens is a member of a Christian church, but most of them are. And I don’t mean to imply that those who aren’t Christian are somehow inferior to those of us who are. But those who aren’t Christian are influenced by the Christians around them, whether they realize it or not.
Using the word “Christian” is a larger sense, we all follow Jesus’ teachings and we’re all affected by His Presence, whether we give Him credit or not. “Love one another as I have loved you” is more than just a passage in a book. It’s a principal that’s long been followed in this country by Christians, Jews, and others who want to live life in harmony with their fellow citizens. You don’t have to be a Christian to embrace Christian values.
So, be proud of your faith! Be proud of our Savior, Jesus Christ. And be proud of your identity as a Catholic. That’s what He asks us to do.