March: Reflection Three, Year of Faith.

Year of FaithHOW DO I WITNESS

In the Vatican Document THE DECREE ON THE CHURCH’S MISSIONARY ACTIVITY (Ad Gentes) we read:

All Christians by the example of their lives and the witness of the word, wherever they live, have an obligation to manifest the new man which they put on in baptism, and to reveal the power of the Holy Spirit by whom they are strengthened at confirmation (Ad Gentes 11).

In the New Testament in Acts 1:8 we read:

When Jesus spoke to his disciples before he ascended into heaven he said, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8)

Read and reflect on the story.

A crowd of men were rushing out of a hall after a meeting. They were in a hurry as the meeting went on too long. Outside the hall a blind woman had a stall selling oranges. As the men rushed past one of them stumbled against the stall and a box of oranges toppled over. The oranges rolled over the floor. One of the men at the back saw what had happened and how the poor woman was on her knees groping for the oranges. He spoke to the woman and said he would pick them up. He was able to see and soon had all the oranges back in the box and placed it on the stall. The blind woman thanked him and then said “Are you Jesus”.

Questions for reflection and action

What happens at baptism and confirmation? Do you understand the symbols used?

Do you know who your godparents are? Are you a godparent (or sponsor) for someone else? Are you helping that person to live their faith?

What moved the man to pick up the oranges?

Why do you think the woman asked him if he was Jesus?

Have you ever been Jesus for someone else? When? How can you be Jesus?

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