Personal, but not Private

November 5, 2021

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

Thus I aspire to proclaim the Gospel… (Romans 15:14-21)

PERSONAL, BUT NOT PRIVATE: Sometimes it seems like we are ashamed of the Gospel; or at least we act as though we are ashamed of it. If we were really proud of the Gospel message, and striving to live it daily, we would be shouting it from the rooftops. We would share it enthusiastically whenever and with whomever we could.

Yet, we don’t do that. We certainly are in no danger of being put to death for proclaiming the Gospel message, so what is behind our hesitation to do so?

Many would respond, “My faith is personal. I prefer to keep it to myself.”

Our faith is personal. It is based on our individual relationship with God. However, I would argue that our faith is not private. It is meant to be shared with others.

“I believe in one (communal), holy (of God), catholic (universal), and apostolic (we are sent) Church…”

Nothing in our Creed says private.

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